Work is starting on new houses at the remote community of Weemol under the NT Government’s Room to Breathe program.
Work is set to begin on the first two of 11 houses where additional rooms, living spaces and improvements to amenities will provide extra floor space to ease overcrowding and enhance liveability.
A total of $20 million per year for 10 years has been allocated for Room to Breathe to increase living space in existing houses as part of the Government’s $1.1 billion remote housing investment package – Our Community. Our Future. Our Homes.
Binjari Community Aboriginal Corporation has been awarded the contract to carry out works and five Weemol locals have joined the team of nine.
Transitional accommodation has been provided to tenants during construction.
Tenants were invited to participate in the design and planning of works, allowing them to take ownership of the changes.
So far, the Room to Breathe program has completed work on 118 homes in 21 communities.
Minister for Housing and Community Development, Gerry McCarthy said: “Community consultation and local decision making has allowed tenants to be involved in planning works on their homes.
“Creating room to breathe means the homes will be safer and healthier and many of our most vulnerable Territorians will have a better chance of succeeding in education and employment.”
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