BUDGET’S REMOTE HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE FOCUS WELCOMED

The release of today’s Northern Territory Budget 2018-19 provides a significant infrastructure spend for remote housing and is welcome news, according to peak affordable housing and homelessness body, NT Shelter.

“The NT Government has committed today to a total housing capital works spend of $766 million, much of which will be allocated to remote areas. With 83% of homeless Territorians living in severely overcrowded houses and 71% in remote communities, this significant investment is certainly necessary and we welcome it,” said NT Shelter’s Executive Officer, Peter McMillan.

The NT Government recently reached an agreement with the Australian Government which will see a further $550 million injected over five years into remote housing.

“Although we would have liked to have seen a 10-year deal struck for matched remote housing funding, this is nevertheless a very good start”, Mr McMillan said.

NT Shelter also welcomed new housing initiatives announced in today’s budget including that will see an additional six public housing safety officers in Katherine and Tennant Creek, as well as supported accommodation for young people transitioning from out of home care to maintain stable housing.

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