Moree’s Aboriginal housing supply will receive a much-needed boost thanks to state government funding announced last week as part of the 2017-18 NSW Budget.
A total of $152 million in funding to upgrade Aboriginal housing was announced by NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet last Tuesday, June 20, with $1.23 million of that to be spread across the Northern Tablelands.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said $368,000 of that funding will be dedicated to building new Aboriginal housing properties in Moree.
“This is specifically for new housing supply through the Remote Indigenous Housing scheme,” he said.
“I’m delighted to see any investment in affordable social housing.”
Mr Marshall said there is a strong demand for affordable Aboriginal housing in Moree but reinforced that people must respect these properties provided to them at a heavily subsidised rate.
“I have strong views that we need to make sure it is properly looked after by the tenants,” he said.
“It needs to be provided on the condition that people respect and look after their accommodation.”
The Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) currently owns 188 homes in Moree.
A Family and Community Services spokesperson said there is strong demand for Aboriginal Housing in Moree.
“Over the coming year the AHO will spend around $1 million on upgrades and maintenance of AHO homes in Moree,” the spokesperson said.
The Northern Tablelands electorate will also see $1.84 million to upgrade social housing throughout the region, including Moree.