Residents on Palm Island in Queensland’s far north will benefit from new housing and refurbishments being delivered in partnership between the Australian and Queensland Governments.
Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion and Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works, Tim Mander, toured the Island today and officially opened one of two new subdivisions, the Kitchener-Bligh subdivision.
“Palm Island residents have been living with a housing shortage and overcrowded living conditions for some time,” Minister Scullion said.
“This project demonstrates both the Australian and Queensland Government’s determination to improve the circumstances of residents of Palm Island,” Minister Scullion said.
Minister for Housing and Public Works, Tim Mander said 13 new houses had already been completed and 32 more were on track to be completed in the subdivisions by the end of July 2014.
“171 refurbishments have also been completed on the Island and there are more to come, significantly improving the living arrangements for Palm Island residents,” Minister Mander said.
“These new houses have a six star energy efficiency rating and are designed to meet the local conditions.
“The houses use cross ventilation and natural light to limit the need for air conditioners, fans or artificial lighting.
“This housing activity represents significant investment on Palm Island and is providing a major boost with the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council completing external works such driveways, car ports, garden sheds and fencing.
“All concrete is coming from a plant that the Council owns and operates.”
Minister Scullion said that through the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing (NPARIH), the Australian Government is working with states and the Northern Territory to address overcrowding, homelessness and housing shortages in remote Indigenous communities.
Under this agreement, 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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