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Ngukurr construction surge: 38 Homes Completed, 97 More Underway for 2023-24

Joseph Guenzler -

Ngukurr saw the transfer of eight homes last month, providing families with a new place to call home just in time for Christmas.

Ngukurr's ongoing works are conducted by the Katherine-based Binjari Community Aboriginal Corporation (BCAC), with a dedicated team of seven actively on the ground throughout December.

Thomas Wurramara, a Traditional Owner from Ngukurr, holds a significant role in the team, holding the distinction of being BCAC's inaugural qualified apprentice, completing a trade to become a painter.

Ngukurr, situated on the banks of the Roper River southeast of Katherine, is witnessing a construction surge.

The ongoing building activity aims to deliver a total of 38 homes, with 26 already finished and an additional 12 homes slated to commence this year.

NT Minister for Remote Housing and Homelands Selena Uibo said she was delighted by the successful year of home construction across the Territory, and pleased to hand over new homes in Ngukurr for families ahead of the holiday season.

"We've had a huge year constructing homes across the Territory," Minister Uibo said.

"I'm delighted to be able to hand over these new homes in Ngukurr, giving families a place to call home in time for the holiday season."

Minister Uibo handing over the keys to Anton Rami, his partner Amelia Huddlestone. (Image: Supplied)

In addition to the new constructions, Ngukurr is set to benefit from Room to Breathe upgrades for 13 existing remote public housing homes, with nine of them already completed.

The housing initiatives in Ngukurr are part of the $2.2 billion Remote Housing Investment Package, a collaborative effort funded by both the Northern Territory and Australian Governments.

Since late 2016, the Territory Labor Government, in collaboration with the Australian Government, has successfully delivered 3,750 new and upgraded homes.

This comprehensive effort spans across all remote housing programs, encompassing a total of 4,437 bedrooms distributed across 73 remote communities.

In December, the Territory Labor Government achieved a milestone by reaching a remote housing target with nearly 2,000 bedrooms were delivered as part of the National Partnership for Remote Housing Northern Territory (NPRHNT).

The Territory Government says it has shifted its focus to the upcoming year, aiming to deliver 157 new homes in 2023-24 under the Federation Funding Agreement for Northern Territory Remote Housing, a mutual commitment from both governments.

As of November 30, 2023, 97 homes have already been completed.

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