At least 18 new homes will be built in Ramingining, Northern Territory, as part of housing works funded by the Territory Government through its remote housing program.
Around $5 million per year for the first three years has been awarded to Nhulunbuy-based DRG Industries for housing works that include extensions and upgrades to existing homes.
The company, owned by the Gumatj Corporation, is currently mobilising in the East Arnhem community and will begin work within the coming weeks.
In preparation for the construction boom the Aboriginal Business Enterprise has signed up seven new apprentices.
Ramingining locals will work with the company’s team which includes six other apprentices based in Nhulunbuy.
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DRG Industries will also work with local suppliers and subcontractors.
North of Ramingining to Elcho Island, works are underway on the first 14 of 87 houses to be constructed at Galiwin’ku.
Remote Housing and Town Camps Minister Chansey Paech said the NT Government had invested around $15 million over three years to support the development of better housing in Ramingining.
“Since coming to Government in 2016, we have delivered more than $730 million worth of housing works in remote areas because we are committed to improving housing and reducing the overcrowding that has plagued our communities for many years,” Paech said.
“This is more than simply building and upgrading homes, this is about creating local training and jobs opportunities and supporting businesses.
“We are planting seeds for safer, healthier, sustainable communities.”
Houses are currently under construction in remote areas right across the Territory including Borroloola, Willowra, Maningrida and Alpurrurulam with homes recently completed in Milikapiti, Pmara Jutunta, Ali Curung, Hermannsburg and Jilkminggan.