CLP backs in Aboriginal involvement in housing

Release Date: 
4 March 2019
Media release

The Coalition Government has demonstrated its commitment to improving housing for remote Territorians through a $300,000 investment in the Central Land Council to support its ongoing role in the roll out of housing.

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, was in Alice Springs today to meet with the Central Land Council’s new Chief Executive Officer, Joe Martin-Jard, and announce this important partnership between the Commonwealth Government and the Central Land Council.

"Land Councils have a critical role representing and advocating for Aboriginal people in the Territory and it is important governments work with Land Councils to improve housing outcomes in remote communities to ensure the best bang for our buck from the record $1.1 billion investment", Minister Scullion said.

"If Land Councils have a seat at the table, I know that we will get the best outcomes for housing and deliver better Indigenous employment and Indigenous contracting results.

"Why shouldn’t Aboriginal communities have a genuine and meaningful involvement in the planning, design and construction of their own houses.

"In addition to the investment we have already provided the Northern Land Council, the CLP is providing $300,000 to the Central Land Council to represent the interests of Aboriginal people in its region and develop options for future housing models that put Aboriginal people front and centre.

"This is in stark contrast to Territory Labor’s approach to say “the NTG does not agree that the land councils are truly representative of Aboriginal people when it comes to housing" as it did in a recent letter from the Chief Minister to the Commonwealth.

"It is offensive to the 24,000 Aboriginal people in the Central Land Council region that Michael Gunner continues to oppose the involvement of Aboriginal people and the representative land councils in investment in remote communities.

"Michael Gunner needs to sit at the table with the Commonwealth and the four Land Councils so he can hear the voice of Aboriginal people in the Territory.

"Despite the continued opposition from Territory Labor, the CLP will continue to back in Land Councils and provide the investment that is needed to ensure that the record investment in housing in remote communities can deliver the best outcomes for Aboriginal people.