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Media Release

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC)


14 April 1999

Galiwin’ku housing a remarkably successful joint project

The handover of a further seven new houses at Galiwin’ku completes an extremely successful partnership betwee n the community, ATSIC and the private sector, according to Banambi Wunungmurra, the chair of ATSIC’s Miwatj Regional Council.

The Galiwin’ku housing project on Elcho Island off Arnhem Land is one of over 150 ATSIC-funded large scale housing and infrastructure projects either underway or recently completed under the National Aboriginal Health Strategy (NAHS).

Providing such important elements of environmental health as water supplies, sewerage and waste disposal as well as housing, the NAHS projects are administered by contracted project managers with proven construction management and engineering expertise. National coordination for the ATSIC projects is by consulting engineers Ove Arup & Partners.

"This $5.6 million project has been a remarkable success for all involved, " Mr Wunungmurra said today.

"From the earliest consultations with Troppo Architects to today’s handover of the last of 18 houses constructed by Norbuilt, the project has enjoyed absolute goodwill and commitment from everyone involved in the partnership.

"An important and lasting benefit is the training for eight highly-motivated young members of the Galiwin’ku community. They will gain accreditation from Batchelor College for the skills acquired over the last 15 months and will have the opportunity to take up full time apprenticeships."

Galiwin’ku’s acting council clerk, Mark Gross, said the training project was one of the most successful he has seen in the NT for some time.

"The community will use those skills to build a further six houses, two of which are already underway," Mr Gross said.

"The housing needs of a population of up to 2 000 are great, but this new housing stock will make a difference. The community is pleased that the consulting architects worked so closely with them."

Project manager for Troppo Architects, Richard Layton, is an avid supporter of NAHS.

"The accountability process is very strong and no dollars go astray," Mr Layton said.

"Another excellent part of process is that the design professionals — architects and engineers — are encouraged to produce a product that is culturally and environmentally appropriate. We had one male and one female architect from Troppo involved in community consultations from the beginning."

The Northern Territory Government contributed $500 000 towards the road sealing completed last year. The trainees working on the two houses currently under construction are signed to DETYA-accredited courses.

Media contact: Francine Chinn 08 8944 5558 / 0419 819 025




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