By Lorna Perry

Posted December 13, 2015 20:38:10

Northern Territory Labor has announced it will set aside $ 1.1 billion for remote housing over the subsequent decade.

The funding commitment has come ahead of subsequent year’s NT election.

Announcing the funding at the Roper Gulf community of Ngukurr, NT Labor leader Michael Gunner stated the money would be spent on infrastructure, new residences, the building of new living spaces and the repair and upkeep of current housing.

“It really is essential we get housing correct,” Mr Gunner stated.

“It is the principal physical disruption to healthier men and women, to mental wellbeing, to getting children to college [and] receiving folks trained and for it to perform, we have to get it proper when it comes to housing.”

Ngukurr resident Marjorie Hall said she would like more rooms or an additional house built to accommodate the numerous individuals under her roof.

“We [have] got added families sleeping with us, so 13,” she mentioned.

“[It is] disturbing [living with 13 individuals in 4 rooms].

“Noisy with the little ones … not much rest.”

Resident Betty Roberts said a lot more bedrooms have been a should for huge families.

“It’s alright with the laundry and the toilet and the kitchen … but the rooms [are required] due to the fact I have my grandchildren staying with me,” she said.

Labor has pledged to start off the funding in 2017-18 after extensive consultation.

Map of Ngukurr, NT Photo: Map showing location of Ngukurr, Northern Territory, a community where the Labor Government has pledged $ 1.1b for housing. (Supplied: Google Maps)

Subjects: indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander, indigenous-policy, family-and-young children, nt

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