Tough times for Katherine's building industry have been eased by a steady flow of work from the NT Government's $100 million stimulus program.
The program delivers major and minor works to repair, maintain and upgrade public housing properties across the Northern Territory's urban and regional sector carried out by local tradies.
Works worth $8.47 million have been budgeted for Katherine with more than $4 million spent so far.
Pat Hill from Katherine Constructions says the stimulus is good for small businesses.
He has just completed fencing two public housing homes in Frangipanni Court - his fourth job under the stimulus program.
"The work we have picked up through the stimulus is definitely helping," he said.
"It allows us to do jobs between larger projects and that means a more consistent flow of work which enables us to guarantee employment for our workers.
"We also use subcontractors when we need to so the money gets spread around.
"This injection of work when times are tough means a lot to small businesses as most of the Katherine tradies would agree."
Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Gerry McCarthy said the stimulus was a win-win for tradies and public housing tenants.
"Creating jobs is our Government's key priority and that's why we committed $100 million into this program on the back of a $69 million Stimulus investment last year.
"Fast tracking repairs and upgrades to our public housing stock makes good sense too with the works increasing the life span of houses by about ten years."
Twenty five Katherine businesses have registered for the stimulus and so far more than a hundred contracts have been awarded.
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