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Residents buying Jalanga houses better solution says ATSIC


29 January 2001


ATSIC says allowing Jalanga housing cooperative tenants to buy their homes is a better solution for all concerned and is calling on the Mount Isa City Council, to endorse the alternative option, of giving the tenants an opportunity to secure finance .

ATSIC Regional Council Chairman, Mr Noel Sarmardin, today urged Mt Isa Mayor, Cr Ron McCullogh, and his council to fully endorse and support the alternative option.

Mr Sarmardin said ATSIC has written to the mayor seeking City Council support for the sale of homes to the tenants and allowing sufficient time for residents to apply for finance.

“In view of financial requirements of home loans procedures, realistically, tenants may need up to six months for their applications to be assessed and processed.

"No one including the mayor wants to see any families including older and disabled Mt Isa residents needlessly made homeless and turfed out into the streets.

"Selling the houses to residents would prevent unnecessary homelessness and overcrowding and would also assist in resolving the current financial situation.

“A crises that council, emergency and state government services would have to bear the cost.

“While the chance to buy would result in tenants securing home ownership.”

Mr Sarmardin said he agreed with the mayor that the proposed auction process was a measure of last resort.

"Having given the Mount Isa City Council this option, I am now calling on Mayor Ron McCullogh seeking his endorsement to defer any proceedings of public auctioning.

"Not only is this a positive approach it is an option that could dramatically turn a very sad story into a positive one for the Mount Isa City Council and for the whole community, not to mention the people affected."

Mr Sarmardin said ATSIC has " very good, very positive working relations with the mayor and the council, including on the housing issue" and that he "expects this to continue."

Media Contact:Noel Sarmardin Chairman, Gulf and West Qld ATSIC Regional Council, Mobile: 0408 600 248


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