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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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* Bird proofing of houses * Replacement o f wall ovens and hot plates and associated works to dwellings * Modification to carport roofs * Provision of automatic sprinkler systems to five (5) flat complexes in Alice Springs * Replacement of roofs and repairs caused by earthquake damage to various dwellings in Tennant Creek The following number of vacant dwellings received maintenance during the year: Darwin and Palmerston 1980 Katherine 308 Nhulunbuy 52 Tennant Creek 193 Alice Springs 714 Total 3247 Minor New Works Contracts were awarded for: * the replacement of hopper windows with louvre windows in both Darwin and Alice Springs * the replacement of chipboard kitchen cupboards to various types of dwellings * the installation of exhaust fans and stormwater drainage in Alice Springs * evaporative air-cooler upgrades and fire fighting equipment to flat complexes in Tennant Creek Sale of Commission Stock The number o f sales o f dwellings to Commission tenants continued at a low level. Approximately 50% of applications received from tenants were cancelled generally through the inablility to arrange sufficient funds. There were three (3) sales this year through the Government Employee Sales Scheme which remains open to those public servants that were employed in remote areas and unable to take advantage of the scheme before it closed in December 1986. Home Ownership Assistance Initiatives to increase affordability of home ownership for first home buyers in the Northern Territory were introduced on 1 December 1988 and consisted of: * replacement of the N.T. Home Purchase Assistance Scheme (NTHPAS) with the N.T. Interest Subsidy Scheme (NTISS) * introduction of a Home Establishment Grant * changes to current loans under NTHPAS to reduce the burden on borrowers The number of applications received for NTHPAS were extremely low with only ninety seven (97) approvals for the period 1 July 1988 until the schemes closure in December 1988. Of these, only one (1) loan was for the construction of a dwelling with the balance being used for purchase of established houses and units. The N.T. Interest Subsidy Scheme (NTISS) is a departure from previous Government Home Loan Schemes in that it subsidizes, in the initial stages o f a loan, repayments on private sector