Aboriginal housing sub-group working towards improved social housing

An Aboriginal housing sub-group hopes to create a model for improved social housing which could benefit the entire shire.

The sub-group has recently re-formed under the guidance of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Councillor Larry Whipper is a part of the sub-group and said improved social housing for Aboriginal people was a crucial first step forward to fixing the Highlands housing problem.

“Housing’s always been a real issue, not only for Aboriginal people but in general,” he said.

“The role of sub-group is to facilitate platform to look at opportunities and how council may be able to assist.”

Some of the group’s discussions have centered around working with the Illawarra Land Council and Argyle Housing to provide additional housing.

Cr Whipper said volunteers from the Aboriginal community had previously been at Argyle Housing to help people fill out the forms.

This is something which the sub-group is again looking at – this time possibly with representatives from Argyle Housing at the Aboriginal Cultural and Community Centre.

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