Prefabricated homes rather than on-site built houses will be delivered to remote communities throughout the Territory under a new program.
NT construction companies, Northern Transportables, PTM Group, NT Link and Murray River North have been awarded contracts totalling nearly $69 million to build, transport and assemble 134 houses and duplexes.
The companies have manufacturing bases in Darwin and Alice Springs.
The houses are being delivered through the Homebuild NT program, part of the NT Government's remote housing investment package, Our Community. Our Future. Our Homes.
The homes have been designed in partnership with communities to meet particular needs of residents such as those with disabilities or extended families.
Prefabricated housing provides an alternative to the usual on-site construction model, offering flexibility in delivery and ongoing transportability, a government spokeswoman said.
Following the lifting of COVID-19 biosecurity restrictions, the homes will soon begin to rollout to 24 remote communities.
As well, 10 new homes will be built in Tennant Creek as part of the government's $100 million public housing stimulus program.
Announced this week, tenders were awarded to Tennant Creek builders, GK Painting Contractors and Alice Springs-based company, Asbuild NT.
Each company will construct five homes across six Community Living Areas.
So far, the government has spent $153 million on urban public housing stimulus programs, building and upgrading more than 4500 homes across the Territory.
The six three-bedroom homes and four four-bedroom homes will be built at Village, Marla Marla, Munji Marla, Tingkarli, Karguru and Mulga.
Construction is expected to begin in the coming weeks.
Local Government, Housing and Community Development Minister Gerry McCarthy said: "We have invested in remote housing as part of our plan to change the social and housing landscape in communities across the NT.
"Apart from building new homes, we're extending existing homes, upgrading and improving homes as well as building serviced lots to pave the way to build more homes.
"At the beginning of this term of Government, we acknowledged the shocking state of remote housing and we committed to making a change.
"We're just three years into a ten-year program, so there's a way to go yet however we are already seeing tangible improvements in communities from the Top End islands down through Central Australia."
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