The Commonwealth Government is committed to affordable housing for Aboriginal people on the Block in Redfern through a $5 million grant to the Aboriginal Housing Company.
“We have listened to the views of Jenny Munro, and we applaud her decision for a peaceful resolution,” the Minister said.
The Commonwealth is prepared to provide $5 million, on the following conditions:
That the affordable housing component commences and progresses at the same time as the commercial development and that Aboriginal Housing Company gets the appropriate skills to manage the project.
The Minister said that had it not been for the groundswell of community feeling, including that of the Tent Embassy, we would not be here today.
“This is the beginning of the next stage – where we assist Aboriginal Housing Company to secure financing, so that our collective ambitions of Aboriginal people living in affordable housing on the Block can be realised,” he said.
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2015-08-27 Redfern Media Statement.pdf