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PostSubject: Former Defence dwellings to be used for Aboriginal housing despite warnings   Former Defence dwellings to be used for Aboriginal housing despite warnings EmptyFri 09 Nov 2018, 8:55 am

The Federal Government is using decades-old housing that was decommissioned by Defence to ease "appalling" housing conditions in a remote Northern Territory Aboriginal community.
The special envoy on Indigenous affairs, Tony Abbott, this week hinted at a new housing initiative for Borroloola, 700 kilometres south-east of Darwin, but provided no further details.

But the ABC has confirmed the Federal Government has purchased 12 dwellings that were removed from Darwin's RAAF base in 2013 and is sending them to Borroloola.

Details about the plan were discussed at a meeting on Tuesday between NT Government officials, Prime Minister and Cabinet representatives and an Australian Army colonel.

The ABC understands NT officials told their Commonwealth counterparts the ex-RAAF houses were "not a viable solution" and that the community would consider them "old".

But the Federal Government representatives said the ex-RAAF houses should be regarded as "transitional accommodation" lasting between two and five years, and they would be gifted to the NT Government on completion.

Labor senator Malarndirri McCarthy, who grew up in Borroloola, said there were several questions Mr Abbott and the Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion needed to answer about their housing plan.

"Has asbestos been in these houses and, if so, has it been cleared?

Are these 30-year-old houses capable of making the 1,000 kilometre journey to Borroloola? Who is going to locate the houses? Is it local employment? How much is it going to cost?"

The ABC understands the supplier of the houses, which purchased the dwellings from Defence in 2013, advised the Federal Government that asbestos had been cleared.

Mr Scullion's spokesman said: "The Minister has been talking to the Northern Land Council and his Department is engaging with the residents of Borroloola on options to get housing outcomes quicker than the Northern Territory Government can provide."

The Territory Government this week confirmed its plans to build 38 new or replacement homes in Borroloola's town camps.

Tenders are expected to be released next month and the NT Housing Minister Gerry McCarthy said he expected the new homes to be built in 2019, or 2020 if weather conditions delayed the project.

The latest announcements came almost a decade after the Federal Government allocated $15 million for housing improvements in Borroloola, but that money has never been spent because of ongoing issues around long-term leasing agreements.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-09/defence-dwellings-to-be-used-for-borroloola-aboriginal-housing/10479774
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I was in the NT recently for two years.

I have no idea what the remote communities must be costing us, but I bet its a huge amount.

We supply housing , power and water in the middle of no where, no chance of education or employment.
Huge crime rates, appalling child abuse and they just keep churning out more and more kids.

Kids that will just go on perpetuating the same cycle
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One of the problems with aboriginals is this!

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PostSubject: Re: Former Defence dwellings to be used for Aboriginal housing despite warnings   Former Defence dwellings to be used for Aboriginal housing despite warnings EmptyTue 18 Dec 2018, 5:42 pm

miketrees wrote:
I was in the NT recently for two years.

I have no idea what the remote communities must be costing us, but I bet its a huge amount.

We supply housing , power and water in the middle of no where, no chance of education or employment.
Huge crime rates, appalling child abuse and they just keep churning out more and more kids.

Kids that will just go on perpetuating the same cycle

I had a former colleague move up there in the late 80s. Palmerston, I think it was. Her husband was transferred as a "Guard" (promoted to ...?) I can't recall. In the Prison up there.

They had a nice house with swimming pool and air conditioning but when she rang me she was so HOT and I said "take a dip in the pool" to which she said "but that is hot too".

WHO in their right mind would want to live in Darwin?
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