Reaching Housing Milestones In East Arnhem

NT Government

The Territory Labor Government is continuing to support economic development through major housing projects across East Arnhem Land.

Ramingining and Galiwin’ku are bustling with housing works, with locals doing the heavy lifting to build homes and complete their apprenticeships.

In Ramingining, a new 33-lot subdivision is complete, along with eleven new homes under construction, marking the halfway mark of the housing program in the community.

Ramingining community is set to receive 51 new homes, of which 22 are already complete.

Aboriginal Business Enterprise (ABE) Deltareef is heading the current works, supporting locals to complete apprenticeships while being employed to help build the homes.

James Gengi is a Ramingining local who is making cabinetry for the new homes and is currently enrolled in a Certificate II in Construction through Charles Darwin University.

Deltareef and Charles Darwin University have supported James’s study by providing the classroom training required for James’s apprenticeship on-site at Ramingining, which alleviates the need for James to travel to Darwin for the training.

James has achieved four tickets for the operation of a Bobcat, Telehandler, Loader and Excavator, with training provided by Deltareef as part of his employment.

In Galiwin’ku, housing works are close to the halfway mark, with 40 new homes delivered by Aboriginal Business Enterprise Bukmak Constructions.

Galiwin’ku community is set to receive 87 new houses as part of the $51.5 million contract awarded back in 2021.

A new 27 lot subdivision in Galiwin’ku is nearing completion with new housing construction to commence within the subdivision in late 2024.

Galiwin’ku is also programmed to receive Room to Breathe upgrades to 45 homes, of which nine are complete.

The Territory Labor Government is continuing to make headway in improving living conditions by delivering houses in remote communities and supporting Territory businesses that provide work and qualifications with a focus on Aboriginal workforce and local Territorians.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Remote Housing and Homelands Selena Uibo:

“Our Territory Labor Government is providing more homes across East Arnhem.”

“These works and new homes are changing the social landscape of Ramingining and Galiwin’ku, so no one across East Arnhem will have to live in overcrowded homes and young families can have their own space.”

“The standard our government has set has created new pathways for university and contractors to work out innovative ways to assist with study and training of local apprentices, which creates a sustainable Territory workforce.”

Quotes Attributable to Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney:

“Overcrowding makes it harder for First Nations children to get the best start in life, because we know so many poor health outcomes start with overcrowding.

“So we’re doing something about it by fixing remote housing.

“We’ve announced a landmark joint $4 billion dollar investment for housing in remote communities across the Northern Territory to help close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.”

/Public Release. View in full here.