Popular home reno scheme worth almost $2m here

A total of 223 applications were approved in Katherine worth $1.9 million.
A total of 223 applications were approved in Katherine worth $1.9 million.

The NT Government says all Home Improvement Scheme approvals will be honoured.

In Katherine, 233 homeowner applications have been approved.

The total value of these vouchers is approximately $657,000 for works worth $1.9 million.

While the scheme proved very popular and closed on June 2, there are a number of homeowners waiting for the work to be done in Katherine.

The government offered eligible homeowner-occupiers the opportunity to apply for a voucher to get work done on their home.

Vouchers were worth up to $4000 and can go towards jobs of up to $20,000, a second voucher scheme was worth $2000.

Homeowners still need to pay for at least half of the job themselves.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation said there was a rush of 2807 applications in the last 48 hours of the scheme, bringing the final tally of applications submitted between February 20 and June 2 to 8833.

“All homeowner applications for the Home Improvement Scheme have now been assessed and only about 60 require further information to be finalised,” the spokeswoman said.

“Around 400 applications were declined because they were either ineligible or because it was a duplicate application.

“All approved vouchers will be honoured.

“To date, 5469 vouchers worth $15.3 million have been redeemed, which means there are still a large number of jobs that are either under way or yet to be started.

“For each $1 invested by the NT Government through the Home Improvement Scheme, homeowners are on average spending another $2 out of their own pocket.

”The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation continues to work with businesses and homeowners to get the work done.”