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Tenders awarded for $100M public housing contract

Tenders to build ten new homes in Tennant Creek have been award as part of the Northern Territory Government’s $100 million public housing stimulus program.

Tennant Creek builders GK Painting Contractors and Alice Springs-based company, Asbuild NT, won the tenders.

Each company will construct five homes across six Community Living Areas.

So far, the NT Government has expended $153 million on urban public housing stimulus programs, building and upgrading more than 4500 homes across the Northern Territory.

The six three-bedroom homes and four four-bedroom homes will be built at Village, Marla Marla, Munji Marla, Tingkarli, Karguru and Mulga.

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Local Government, Housing and Community Development Minister Gerry McCarthy said the new homes would be welcome additions to housing stock in Tennant Creek.

“The Territory Government’s housing plan for Tennant Creek supports the construction of more than 60 homes with around 33 dwellings to be returned to public housing stock upon completion of other building projects,” McCarthy said.

“This will increase the housing capacity of public housing in Tennant Creek by more than 50 per cent.

“Additionally, under our public housing stimulus programs, we have upgraded more than 140 houses.”

George Konedaris from GK Painting Contractors said the company will do anything to make Tennant Creek a better place because the more people who have a job there, the better it is for the whole town.

“Work slowed down during the coronavirus pandemic so this contract will definitely boost our business and local employment,” he said.

“Also, it’s important that the people here have good homes and these new houses will make a big difference to the families who move in.”

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