The Federal Government’s Report on Government Services has again awarded Queensland top marks for remote indigenous housing, just weeks after withdrawing funding from the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Housing, putting the state’s progress towards Closing the Gap at risk.
Minister for Housing and Public Works said the provision of housing for remote indigenous communities was critical to Closing the Gap, and the Turnbull Government’s decision to withdraw funding would see that gap widen catastrophically.
“The Federal Government’s report shows that through building housing in remote communities, Queensland is making significant strides toward Closing the Gap in these communities,” Mr de Brenni said.
“Over the past 10 years, we’ve built almost 1,150 homes in remote indigenous communities.
“Almost 1,500 homes have been refurbished, and 4,300 homes maintained, but more importantly this program has resulted in 850 jobs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander apprentices and trainees.
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