A joint federal and Territory housing investment fund has seen 28 new homes delivered in the remote community of Wugularr near Beswick.
The community is located about 80 kilometres east of Katherine, and is the latest beneficiary of funding from the $2.2 billion Remote Housing Investment Package.
A joint release says that, to date, the package has delivered 1208 new homes and has upgraded an additional 1700 homes in Territorian First Nations communities since 2016. It says the new homes at Wugularr are a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes, and are now delivering improved conditions throughout the community.
Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney said the Government is committed to improving housing in remote Northern Territory communities.
“I am so pleased these new homes have been handed over in the Wugularr community,” she said. “The new homes will help ease overcrowding, which we know is a major barrier to closing the gap.”
NT Minister for Remote Housing and Homelands and Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo added, “Wugularr residents have been waiting a long time for these new homes, which will reduce overcrowding and contribute to the overall well-being of this gorgeous community on the banks of the Waterhouse River.
“Our Territory Labor Government is proud of our work on remote housing since coming to government in 2016. We have built an incredible 1200 new remote homes and upgraded around 1700 more.
“Housing is at the centre of our reform agenda and getting housing right is critical to closing the gap,” she added. More houses in our remote communities means stronger communities and jobs for Aboriginal Territorians.”