Remote Barkly communities find room to breathe

Every home in the remote Barkly community of Tara will be extended or upgraded as part of the Territory Government’s innovative Room to Breathe program.

Additional bedrooms and bathrooms, enclosed verandahs, dust-suppression works and painting are amongst the scheduled improvements.

Territory company, Ri-Con Contractors, will be carrying out works on 19 homes at the remote community, just off the Stuart Highway between Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. Three of the homes will be used to support Territory Families’ kinship carers.

Work began this week on two homes that will be used as transition accommodation.

Having just completed the construction of 14 homes at Minyerri, Ri-Con’s team of six has moved to Tara where they will partner with local workers and subcontractors on the job-creating project.

A hundred kilometres north at Ali Curung, Room to Breathe work on 14 homes is already underway with contractor, Harvey Developments expecting to complete the transition homes by the end of the month. Ali Curung locals and two Aboriginal apprentices from Tennant Creek, are employed on the project.

Further homes are being considered for future works at the community.

Source: NT Government