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76 new homes to be delivered. Image – Canva
  • The NT's biggest remote housing program
  • 76 new homes to be delivered
  • Housing to be controlled and managed by the Anindilyakwa people in the long term

Tenders have been released today for the Northern Territory’s biggest remote housing program ever taken on.

The Groote Archipelago is anticipating 76 new homes and the extension of 74 existing homes.

The Territory Government is coupling with the Anindilyakwa Land Council, a peak representative body for Traditional Owners of the Groote Archipelago, to deliver the multi-million dollar plan.

Minister for Remote Housing and Town Camps Chansey Paech said the project will deliver better housing will improve liveability and significantly reduce overcrowding.

“More widely, this new housing model will deliver sustainable, empowered communities with strong local economies.”

Chansey Paech, Minister for Remote Housing and Town Camps

The Groote Archipelago is a series of islands off the coast of the Northern Territory.

The project is to focus on the outcome of delivering sustainable, diverse and culturally appropriate community housing systems.

The agreed end result is for housing to be controlled and managed by the Anindilyakwa people.

“This agreement begins the process to handover community housing to the Anindilyakwa Housing Aboriginal Corporation as the future housing provider for the people of the Groote Archipelago,” said Mr Paech.

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The Archipelago boasts a unique environment with pristine beaches. Image – Canva

The communities set to benefit are Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra along with the satellite communities of Akwalirrumanja, Malkala, Ngadumiyerrka, and Bardalumba.

Tenders were awarded today to two local Aboriginal Business Enterprises – GEBIE Civil and Construction, and Aminjarrinja Enterprises Aboriginal Corporation. The contracts have been made with a five-year tender period.

“The period contract over five years will provide a range of opportunities, including long term jobs, for the local Aboriginal people with both contenders having already demonstrated strong track records of construction and service delivery in the region.

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