One of Australia’s most remote Aboriginal communities, Tjuntjuntjara in Western Australia’s Great Victoria Desert, is to get a $23.8 million capital injection in the form of major capital works and essential services, WA Housing Minister Peter Tinley announced this week.
Under the National Partnership on Remote Housing agreement between the State Government and the Commonwealth, $8.8 million is allocated to replace and refurbish 18 existing properties and to build four new homes to accommodate multi-generational families at Tjuntjuntjara.
A further $15 million will facilitate a redesign and upgrade of the community’s essential services infrastructure.
Mr Tinley said the infrastructure upgrades would boost the quality and quantity of drinking water as well as improve sewage treatment and wastewater use.
An upgrade of the community’s power supply would improve distribution and retailing arrangements.
Last week, Pindan Pty Ltd was announced as the proponent for the first stage of works. Pindan has worked with the Department of Communities on urban renewal programs, new residential housing estates and remote housing projects over the past two decades.
Completion of work on the effluent and treatment systems is expected by the end of next year.
Community Housing Limited provides the residents of Tjuntjuntjara, which is 690km north-east of Kalgoorlie, with property and management services under contract to the Department of Communities.
“The McGowan Government is working hard to improve the circumstances and futures of Aboriginal people living in remote communities,” Mr Tinley said.
“These latest upgrades, one of the single biggest investments in a remote community in WA, aim to greatly improve living standards for locals who have experienced hardship in the past due to water shortages and limited infrastructure capacity.
“Importantly, these works will also offer employment opportunities with an Aboriginal business engagement target of 30 per cent and an Aboriginal employment target for construction and essential service upgrades of 45 per cent.”