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Signifcant milestone reached in Wugularr's remote housing initiative

Joseph Guenzler -

The Territory Government is making changes in bettering housing conditions in remote areas, with a recent milestone reached in Wugularr (Beswick) where 28 homes were handed over.

Funded by a $2.2 billion investment package from both the Northern Territory and Commonwealth governments, this initiative has yielded 1,208 new homes and improved nearly 1,700 homes since September 2016.

The latest handover in Wugularr includes 11 homes of various sizes, effectively alleviating overcrowding issues within the community.

Notably, the housing designs, locations, and tenant allocations are determined by the community itself through a local decision-making process and Housing Reference Groups.

Minister Selena Uibo and Tarsha Kennedy (Image: Supplied/NT Gov)

Minister for Remote Housing and Homelands and Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo said Wugularr residents "have been waiting a long time for these new homes", which will "reduce overcrowding and contribute to the overall well-being of this gorgeous community on the banks of the Waterhouse River".

"Our Territory Labor Government is proud of our work on remote housing since coming to government in 2016. We have built an incredible 1200 new remote homes and upgraded around 1700 more,' she said.

"Housing is at the centre of our reform agenda and getting housing right is critical to closing the gap. More houses in our remote communities means stronger communities and jobs for Aboriginal Territorians."

Additionally, investments in housing projects in remote communities like Wugularr have a positive economic impact by creating jobs and fostering contracts for Aboriginal-owned businesses.

Companies such as Yingwati Pty Ltd and NJ Homes (NT) Pty Ltd have played crucial roles in this project, contributing to the local economy.

In September, Aboriginal Housing NT warned that while the housing Future Fund breakthrough deal was welcome, "the immediate reality" for Aboriginal families in the Northern Territory was that 55 per cent of nearly four and a half thousand occupied remote Aboriginal homes remain overcrowded.

The Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney added "the Albanese government is committed to improving housing in remote Northern Territory communities."

"I am so pleased these new homes have been handed over in the Wugularr community."

"The new homes will help ease overcrowding, which we know is a major barrier to closing the gap."

"Further, new tenant Tarsha, mother of five children who works at the community store said all the children are excited and have already chosen their own rooms."

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