Jobs, housing and infrastructure at core of plan to build better town camps

Jobs, housing and infrastructure are at the core of a five-year action plan to build the capability of town camps and community living areas (CLAs) throughout the NT.

The Building our communities together: Town Camps and Community Living Areas Reform Framework is a commitment to remodel these areas through five key aims ensuring:

  • residents and their communities are independent, safe and thriving;
  • housing choices and support services are people-centred, flexible and suitable;
  • the Aboriginal Community Housing sector is strengthened and developed through
    • capacity building, regulation and transfer of housing and asset management;
  • land tenure, infrastructure and leasing arrangements are fit for community purpose; and
  • job creation and support of the local economy.

New approaches are required to create stronger, sustainable and independent futures for Aboriginal people living across our town camps and CLAs. The development of this sustainable model for town camps and CLAs is underpinned by Local Decision Making principles and an understanding of connections to family, culture and country whilst recognising the fundamental importance of safe and suitable housing to the social and economic development of Aboriginal Territorians.

Aboriginal people and their organisations will guide the reforms with the investment focusing on capability-building as well as infrastructure improvement.

The Territory Government has invested $35.5 million to address urgent housing and infrastructure needs in response to the independent Town Camps review, Living On The Edge.

Source: NT Government