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Expanded scope for the N.T. Housing Commission



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EXPANDED SCOPE FOR THE N.T. HOUSING COMMISSION

(Statement by the Minister for Territories, the Hon. C.E. Barnes,· M.P.)

The Minister for Territories, Mr Barnes, today announced that the Government had approved an' expansion of the Northern Territory Housing Commission's activities. '

■ Mr Barnes said that amending legislation would be introduced into the Legislative Council for the Northern Territory to enable the Housing Commission to build dwellings for letting or sale to industrial private enterprises or their

employees where the provision of houses would assist in the establishment or expansion of industries that would contribute significantly to the economic development of the Territory. The legislation would also enable the Housing Commission to ' build dwellings for industrial undertakings, with finance provided by those undertakings, on an agency basis. Private

contractors would be used for the actual· building operations.

Mr Barnes said that extension of the functions of the Housing Commission in this way was generally in tune with a recommendation of the Repert from the Select Committee of the Legislative Council for the Northern Territory which enquired

into housing in the Northern Territory and v/hich was presented to the Council on 14 November, 1967. ' .

He added that other recommendations made by the 1 Committee are being considered by the Government. '

CANBERRA, A.C.T.

DARWIN, N.T.

8 December 1967·