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New housing developments progressing in East Arnhem Land

Dechlan Brennan -

New housing developments are continuing in the East Arnhem Land communities of Ramingining and Galiwin’ku, the projects seeing locals helping to build homes as well as complete their apprenticeships. 

In Ramingining, the community is set to receive a total of 51 new homes, 22 of which are already complete. 

A new 33-lot subdivision has also been completed, with eleven new homes under construction, marking the halfway point of the housing program in the remote NT community. 

Ramingining local James Gengi is currently enrolled in a Certificate II in Construction through Charles Darwin University (CDU) and is making cabinetry for the new homes in his community. 

Aboriginal Business Enterprise (ABE) Deltareef, who are heading the current works and helping locals to complete apprenticeships, are - along with CDU - supporting Mr Gengi in his studies by providing him classroom training on-site in his community, rather than making him travel to Darwin for the training. 

As such, he has managed to achieve four tickets: operation of a Bobcat, Telehandler, Loader and Excavator. 

The Ramingining subdivision (image: supplied) 

In the Galiwin’ku community,  40 new homes have been delivered by the Aboriginal Business Enterprise Bukmak Constructions, with the community set to receive a total 87 new houses as part of funding set aside for the works in 2021. 

Housing construction will begin later this year on a new 27 lot subdivision nearing completion in the community. Galiwin’ku is also set to receive Room to Breathe upgrades to 45 homes — nine of which nine are complete. 

Minister for Remote Housing and Homelands, Selena Uibo said the works were changing the social landscape of the communities of Ramingining and Galiwin’ku, with the overall goal of making sure “no one across East Arnhem will have to live in overcrowded homes and young families can have their own space".

She said her government had created new pathways for university students and contractors to work out “innovative ways” to assist locals with their study and training. 

Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney said: “Overcrowding makes it harder for First Nations children to get the best start in life, because we know so many poor health outcomes start with overcrowding.”

The federal government recently announced a new $4 billion housing investment in the NT, in joint-partnership with the Territory government, with the region suffering significant housing availability issues which primarily impact First Nations communities and townships.

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