Joint Media Release with the Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works The Hon. Tim Mander
Five hundred families have been helped into new housing in remote Queensland under the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing (NPARIH).
Queensland Housing and Public Works Minister, Tim Mander, and Commonwealth Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, welcomed the milestone. The initiative is being delivered in partnership between the Queensland and Australian Governments with a focus on providing sustainable housing for people from remote Indigenous communities.
Mr Mander said the State Government is supporting the construction of housing in remote Indigenous communities to combat overcrowding and improve quality of life for indigenous families needing housing support.
“The lack of suitable accommodation in remote communities means too many people are forced to live in substandard or overcrowded conditions,” he said.
“This has particularly destructive ramifications for women and children. Imagine trying to do your homework in a house with 18 people, or trying to provide a safe and stable environment for your kids with 18 people constantly coming and going.
“As part of our plan for a brighter future we are determined to boost the standard of housing and reduce overcrowding in Queensland’s remote communities.”
The LNP Government has delivered 366 homes to families under NPARIH since April 2012. This is 73 per cent of the total 500 dwellings delivered under the program since it started in 2009.
“Nearly 1,500 families have had their homes refurbished to ensure they have a safe and secure home to raise their children,” Mr Mander said.
“By 30 June we will have provided families with 175 new and 308 refurbished homes as well as undertaken repairs and maintenance to 1,077 homes this year alone.
“In the next two financial years we plan to deliver an additional 298 homes, with a further 347 houses by June 2018.”
Minister Scullion said that through NPARIH the Australian Government was working with states and the Northern Territory to address housing shortages, poor quality housing, and overcrowding in remote Indigenous communities.
“The construction of 500 homes in Queensland is a great achievement worth celebrating,” Minister Scullion said.
“The Australian Government is keen to work with the Queensland Government to deliver even better outcomes for Indigenous people living in remote parts of Queensland.
“We must work together to ensure there is a better standard of Indigenous housing in remote communities to deliver the long term fix that is needed.”
Under the NPARIH, states and the Northern Territory have committed to building 4200 new houses and refurbish 4876 houses across the country by 30 June 2018.
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