Posts Tagged ‘housing

Government’s town camp housing model “diabolical”

Apr 13, 2016 | Discuss

Government's town camp housing model "diabolical"

Media release from the Central Australian Affordable Housing Company The Central Australian Affordable Housing Company outlined a new way forward for remote Indigenous and Town Camp housing in the Territory at yesterday’s Public Accounts Committee hearing. CAAHC CEO Sally Langton described the Northern Territory’s public housing model as “systemically broken” and said it was failing to provide adequate housing services to Alice Springs Town Camps. “We believe there are les...Read more

Town camp housing: “We don’t want disasters”

Feb 17, 2012 | Discuss

Town camp housing: "We don't want disasters"

Territory Opposition Housing spokesman Adam Giles says he’s “not surprised” to hear that 65 of the new houses built in Alice Springs two camps during the past two years need repairs, although Territory Alliance says the faults are “cosmetic” and not structural.  It may be too soon for alarm bells, but it’s a reminder of the historically proven need for vigilence when it comes to building on Aboriginal communities.  Last week Alice Online ran the first part o...Read more

Town camp house faults ‘cosmetic’

Feb 17, 2012 | Discuss

Town camp house faults 'cosmetic'

Some materials used in 65 new houses built in Alice Springs town camps are beginning to “buckle and crack” and will have to be repaired, ABC Alice Springs has reported. But Territory Alliance says the faults are “cosmetic”. The ABC report said that the fault has been discovered in three quarters of the new houses, which were built under the Federal Government’s Alice Springs Transformation plan. The company would have to strip back the walls on the affected homes be...Read more

House-fixing and myth-busting with Paul Pholeros

Feb 09, 2012 | Discuss

House-fixing and myth-busting with Paul Pholeros

I and many others were enlightened and inspired by two talks at this week’s Connecting the Dots conference in Alice Springs: one  by Nobel Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus and the other by Healthabitat’s Paul Pholeros. For two days delegates at the conference, organised by Infrastructure Australia, explored the vexed issues of how to improve the poor state of houses, amenities, roads, communications and just about everything else on Aboriginal communities, especially in remote areas. A...Read more

Build houses in town, not bush: Doctor

Sep 13, 2011 | 2 Comments

Build houses in town, not bush: Doctor

An opthalmologist who has worked in remote communities for 20 years says governments should be encouraging families to move to bigger population centres for the sake of their children’s health and education. Dr Henry Newland from the Central North Adelaide Health Service says his patients in remote communities are already “voting with their feet” by relocating to urban centres of their own accord. “Mostly it’s their children they’re worried about,” he told the ABC’...Read more

D.I.Y. utopias

Sep 12, 2011 | 2 Comments

D.I.Y. utopias

Residents of some cash-strapped communities in remote Central Australia are investigating a space-age solution to their housing dilemmas –  but mum’s the word. The concept of Earthbag building is as practical and “down-to-earth”as it sounds, but was refined by an Iranian engineer brainstorming a prospective way of building colonies on the moon (using moon-dust). Although the colony is yet to eventuate (as far as we know), this literally dirt-cheap  construction technique ha...Read more

Whitegate not our lookout: Lhere Artepe CEO

Jul 28, 2011 | Discuss

Whitegate not our lookout: Lhere Artepe CEO

The CEO of Alice Springs Native Title Holders body, Lhere Artepe, has dismissed suggestions the organisation might be considering taking over land on the Aboriginal community of Whitegate for a commercial operation. Kings Creek Station owner and central Arrernte man Ian Conway told ABC Radio this morning traditional owners and native title holders at Whitegate – celebrated in Rod Moss’s award-winning book The Hard Light of Day – feared that their land might be taken over for a commerc...Read more

Whitegate’s long wait

May 29, 2011 | Discuss

Whitegate's long wait

It took twenty years for Rod Moss to find a publisher for his book The Hard Light of Day, last week shortlisted as one of five in the non-fiction section of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. But for Rod and the friends whose lives he has chronicled  in words and paintings – the “Whitegate mob” – the honour is bittersweet and steeped in frustration. Sharing their stories with Rod and the rest of Australia has as yet made no difference to the Whitegate families in their ...Read more

Kilgariff and Old Alice

Apr 28, 2011 | Discuss

Kilgariff and Old Alice

By Hal Duell The recent Enquiry by Design into the Kilgariff subdivision was opened by Betty Pierce and closed by Karl Hampton. Both spoke of the Aboriginality of Central Australia, but neither mentioned a primary reason why the old AZRI site was preferred for Alice’s next expansion. With native title being extinguished there, it meant a whole series of legal, bureaucratic and financial hoops did not have to be jumped through. The final document from the Enquiry is still being readied for publ...Read more

Public input sought on Kilgariff

Apr 02, 2011 | Discuss

Public input sought on Kilgariff

Alice Springs people have been invited to contribute to the design of its controversial new suburb-in-waiting, Kilgariff. Ten kilometres from the town centre through Heavitree Gap, Kilgariff will be the first non-rural residential development to be created south of Heavitree Gap since the first residential blocks were put up for sale in Alice Springs  (then known as Stuart) in 1889. Many (if not most) Alice Springs residents, see Kilgariff, which will be built on the site of the former Arid Zon...Read more

Completed houses still vacant

Jan 06, 2011 | Discuss

Completed houses still vacant

While Alice Spring’s chronic housing shortage continues, ABC News has reported more than 40 houses built under the Federal Government’s Indigenous housing program are sitting empty in remote Northern Territory Aboriginal communities, waiitng for certificates from Northern Territory Housing. The report quotes Territory Housing as saying the certification would be finished within “weeks.”. According to the ABC, the Government says 174 new houses have been built, 24 more tha...Read more

Kilgariff on their minds

Nov 24, 2010 | 6 Comments

Kilgariff on their minds

The Territory Government — through its Department of Lands and Planning — has promised Alice Springs residents a greater role in planning its future, beginning with the design of its proposed new suburb of Kilgariff south of Heavitree Gap. The facilitator of a Planning Information Evening organised by the Territory Government’s department of Lands and Planning said residents would be invited to take part in intensive planning workshops next April. The workshops would be similar...Read more