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Housing boost, with help from the government

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Until recently anyone to get this one right went straight to the top of the class: Who’s going to live in the 100-plus or so flats, units and other dwellings under construction now in Alice Springs? The answer is getting easier, reports ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Community-based handymen to save money

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A new housing maintenance officer based at Papunya, also delivering services to the communities of Mt Liebig and Haasts Bluff, is helping to deliver quicker response times for housing repairs and maintenance in Central Australia, writes Matt Conlan, Minister for Housing.

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Sitzlers win Kilgariff subdivision contract

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Alice Springs based company Sitzler Bros has been awarded the multi-million dollar tender for subdivision works at Kilgariff, and local company Patrick Homes is the first to have put their hands up to take five lots, according to a media release from Chief Minister Adam Giles. FULL STORY »

250 public dwellings would cost $100,000 each to fix up

 

There are 250 public housing dwellings in the NT that would cost $100,000 each to fix up.

Housing Minister Peter Chandler’s first departmental briefing, days after the Country Liberals’ election victory in August last year, revealed that two-thirds of the Repair and Maintenance budget had been spent in the financial year’s first two months.
In Alice Springs 91 dwellings are currently empty. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Public housing in decay as Minister pushes for new suburb

 

While Minister Giles is pushing to create 100 residential blocks in the new Kilgariff suburb, Minister Chandler (at left) has the same number of dwellings empty and decaying throughout the town.

A reliable source says about 100 public housing homes and units are vacant, and no or little repair work has been done since the Country Liberals came to power in August last year. IMAGE: A small selection of empty and derelict public housing in Alice Springs (from left) 6 Walmulla Street, 10 Kraegen Street, 74 Gap Road, 97 Gap Road and 6 Arunga Street. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

UPDATE Saturday: A spokeswoman for the Minister told us she would be getting back to us on Monday. FULL STORY »

After years of carrot, time for the stick: Adam Giles

The stick needs to be added to the carrot to enforce parental responsibility, reduce youth crime and get able-bodied people off the dole, says Member for Braitling Adam Giles (pictured).

If that is not done, none of the other initiatives will work.
He was responding to more than 40 comments posted by Alice Springs News Online readers, voicing extreme frustration with yet another summer of crime, are concerned that people will take the law into their own hands, and are urging the end of unconditional welfare. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

After pork barrelling and scandalous waste of money, business as usual after the election? Afraid so.

This week the media reported that the NT government was going to spend over $400,000 to subsidise a ferry service between Darwin and the Tiwi Islands – to the tune of over $10,000 per trip. A scandalous waste of money. The Labor Government must be worried about holding the seat of Arafura and so applied some last minute grease to its campaign. We have seen several commitments of that type from both major parties during this election campaign. All this is par for the course.

More serious is that the election campaign has revealed that the real scandal in the NT – the diversion of general purpose (GST) monies from Aboriginal purposes to propping up the lifestyle of Darwin residents – is not only alive and well, but unchallenged by either major party. Whoever is elected this weekend will continue this deeply unethical practice. COMMENT by Rolf Gerritsen, Charles Darwin University. PHOTO: Prof Gerritsen. FULL STORY »

$20m gated community proposed for Pine Gap staff

UPDATE ON MONDAY 3.30pm TO THIS REPORT … click FULL STORY below.

 

The Department of Defence is making an application for a gated community with 40 three-bedroom “multiple dwellings” worth $20m, not counting the cost of the land off Stephens Road. If approved the complex, to house Pine Gap staff, will be built in several stages (see plan above).  ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Housing crisis as 860 dwellings are in development

There is land for 860 dwellings in various stages of development in Alice Springs, yet if you wanted to buy a residential block you’d be pushed to find one. And this is counting only 150 dwellings in Kilgariff which will ultimately provide 4500.

Nothing illustrates more how dysfunctional the town’s land development “system” is, a key reason for the current exodus of productive, middle-class families.
The biggest major projects – Coolibah Estate, Emily Valley and White Gums – are foundering or are being delayed while at the other end of the spectrum are projects that would make a mining camp appear a leafy suburb (see drawing).

What is a housing block worth? There are so few available that it’s difficult to tell.
The hard numbers are for blocks in Stirling Heights, says veteran real estate man Doug Fraser, which went for an average $120,000 in 2006, and Albrecht Drive for an average of $150,000 in 2009.

He says most of the world’s towns and cities grow from their fringes: Alice did with Larapinta, Morris Soak, Dixon Road, New Eastside, Sadadeen.
Native title put a stop to this process although the government – as the Opposition tirelessly pointed out – had options of putting the public good ahead of the demands of a minority.
Instead of taking advantage of the vast amount of space around the town, developers had to buy up “infill” such as old caravan parks, at a massive cost, and the residential land crisis was born. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

NT Govt. pays the rent, Intervention Mark II, arrest tourism slide, and bid to conceal child abuse?

Nice little earner: Aboriginal owners of private land get, at taxpayers’ expense, essential services – schools, clinics, police stations, and so on. Most  would not argue with this. But now they will also get rent, from the taxpayer, for the land on which those services are set up. Indigenous Development Minister, Malarndirri McCarthy (pictured), calls this an “historic decision [which] lays the foundation for a proper working relationship between Land Councils, Aboriginal traditional owners and the Northern Territory Government”.

Meanwhile Senator Nigel Scullion says Intervention Mark II is a sign of the failure of Mark I, Shadow Child Protection Minister Robyn Lambley alleges a bid to hide child abuse and Shadow Tourism Minister Willem Westra van Holthe

claims the government is doing not enough to reverse the fall in tourist numbers. FULL STORY »