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Annual Report 1988-1989 Department of Lands and Housing



Annual Report 1988-1989 Department of Lands and Housing

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CHAPTER 4: ACTIVITIES General Public Housing Program Three hundred and forty six (346) dwellings were completed for the Northern Territory Housing Commission during the year and a further two hundred and fifty seven (257) dwellings were under construction throughout the Territory as at 30 June 1989. The number of dwellings completed in the major centres were: Darwin/Palmerston 12 Katherine 47 Alice Springs 42 Yulara 230 Other Centres 15 Details o f the dwelling types commenced and completed in 1988/89 in all centres in the Territory is at Appendix 6. In addition, the Department arranges the c o n s tru c tio n o f h o u se s fo r o th e r G overnm ent D epartm ents at various locations throughout the Territory. Design and construction is undertaken by the Department of Transport and Works, the principal construction authority for the Northern Territory Government, in accordance with briefs prepared by the Department of Lands and Housing. Rental Housing There were six thousand four hundred and forty eight (6 448) applications for rental accommodation received throughout the year. During the year three thousand and three (3 003) applicants were allocated housing. Appendix 7 shows the demand for housing and Appendix 8 the approximate waiting times for each centre. The Government is committed under the 1984 Commonwealth - State Housing Agreement to charge cost rents for public housing. Rents were not, however, increased during 1988/89 because of the Governments twelve months rent freeze. The average rentals for dwellings as at 30 June 1989 were as follows: 1 bedroom flat $ 7 5 2 bedroom flat $ 8 4 townhouse $ 9 3 3 bedroom house $103 4 bedroom house $110 A policy change in December 1988 now allows applicants a choice of two dwellings when their turn is reached on the waitlist, providing sufficient housing stock is available. Applicants are also given seven (7) days (previously 24 hours), in which to take up their tenancy and commence the payment of rent. This minimises the payment of double rent by new tenants leaving private rental accommodation. Both o f these new initiatives have been well received by tenants. At 30 June 1989 three thousand one hundred and forty five (3 145) tenants throughout the Territory were in receipt o f a rental rebate. Total rent foregone under this Scheme during 1988/89 was $10 427 704, an increase of 4.2% on the previous year. Under the M ortgage and Rent Relief Scheme, the Department continues to give short term assistance to low income ea rn e rs w ho are e x p e rien c in g difficulty in meeting their rent or mortgage repayments in the