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Housing in Pt. McLeay



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PARLI AMENT OF AUSTRALI A

MI NI S TER FOR A B O R I G I N A L A F F A I R S

Parliament House, Canberra, A.C.T. 2600

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS,

MR. GORDON BRYANT

Aborigines at Pt. McLeay in South Australia are to

take charge of housing in their village through a Housing Society · .

to be formed shortly. .

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Mr. Gordon Bryant,

said today that the Pt. McLeay Aboriginal Housing Society - which

was expected to be incorporated within two weeks - would take over

management of all the existing houses, renovate a number of them

and build eight new homes. ,

He had approved a grant of $204,000 to' the Society to

carry out the w o r k ·this financial year.

Mr. Bryant said the Housing Society would enable

residents to have an effective say about the style, design, materials,

location and rents of their homes. .

The grant provided funds to allow the Society to engage

staff and enlist professional guidance, and to buy tools, materials,

plant and equipment.

Mr. Bryant said the housing situation had been one of

the important items discussed at a meeting he had had with the

Aboriginal Council during his visit to Pt. McLeay yesterday.

The Pt. McLeay village, of about 150 people, is on the

shore of Lake Alexandrina, 100 miles by road from Adelaide.

Issued Canberra and Adelaide

8/8/73