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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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Local Government and Community Housing Program The Local Government and Community Housing Program (LGACHP) is a joint Commonwealth - N.T. program funded through the CSHA. It provides capital funding for local governm ents and community groups to provide and manage low cost rental accommodation. In 1988/ 89, $200 000 was available under LGACHP in the Northern Territory. It has been approved in principle that $100 000 be used in the Territory to employ two (2) Community Workers, one (1) to be based in Darwin and one (1) to be based in Alice Springs to promote the innovative aspects of the program and develop specific proposals. The balance of $100 000 has been proposed for a twelve (12) month pilot project involving a community based organisation which will provide housing to low income groups in Darwin. Aboriginal Housing Program The Aboriginal Housing Program for 1988/ 89 was $13.26M and saw the construction of approximately two hundred and twenty four (224) houses and shelters. A program of similar magnitude was run this year by the Aboriginal Development Commission. On the basis of the Needs Survey conducted jointly by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and the Aboriginal Development Commission in 1987 there remains an outstanding need in excess of three thousand (3 000) units. In addition to the construction of new houses on Aboriginal communities, the Department provides approx-imately 20% of its normal housing stock for the housing of Aboriginal people. Town Camp Housing and Infrastructure Program T h e T o w n C a m p H o u s in g a n d Infrastructure Program (TCHIP) is an accelerated program to improve the living conditions in Aboriginal Town Camps in the major urban centres with those in Elliott and Borroloola having next priority. The program was agreed between the Chief Minister and the Commonwealth Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in August 1988 and is to see the expenditure of $30.3M over three years. The Territory contribution is to be $18M for housing while that o f the Commonwealth is to be $12.3M for planning and infrastructure. The program was to have commenced early in 1988/89 with a cash grant of $4.5M from the Commonwealth. However, the first instalm ent of the Commonwealth funds was not received until January 1989 with consequent delays to investigative and infrastructure planning. Nevertheless, expenditure of $3.78M was achieved with major planning studies co m p le ted or in itia te d in D arw in , Katherine, Borroloola, Elliott, Tennant C reek an d A lice S p rin g s . M ajor infrastructure works were commenced for the W uppa and T ingkkarli cam ps in Tennant Creek. Various other works have been commenced in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.