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Centrecorp and Tangentyere Healthy Housing partnership  

[by Mandy Taylor]

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Darelle McCormack with her new washing machine. Image: supplied

A partnership between Tangentyere Council and Centrecorp has delivered real benefits to housing and health on Town Camps.

 

Aboriginal investment group Centrecorp recently provided funding to support healthy housing in Alice Springs Town Camps with the provision of refrigerators and washing machines.

 

A total of 270 Town Camp households now have access to a washing machine and a fridge. Nyewente (Trucking Yards) Town Camp resident Darelle McCormack says her new washing machine and fridge are making a difference to her family.

 

“The new fridge is good for keeping my son’s school lunches fresh, and the washing machine helps keep up with all the washing with the kids and when family visit.”

 

Natalie Pepperille, long term Nyewente resident, said the new fridge arrival was timely, as her old unit had just broken down.

 

“The bigger size washing machine is great as we are able to wash the blankets and bedding, keep it nice and clean.”

 

Centrecorp CEO Randle Walker said the organisation recognised the importance of supporting Town Campers to live in healthy environments and was pleased to support Tangentyere’s implementation of Healthy Living Practices.

 

Tangentyere CEO Walter Shaw said the program underscores Tangentyere’s commitment to the Healthy Living Practices developed as part of the National Indigenous Housing Guide.

 

The practices recognise that poor living conditions can promote the spread of disease.

 

To achieve good health outcomes for residents, houses should have the hardware and equipment to take the Healthy Living Practices into account.

 

The nine Healthy Living Practices are

• Washing People

• Washing Clothes and Bedding

• Removing Waste Safely

• Improving Nutrition

• Reducing Overcrowding

• Reducing the Impacts of Vermin

• Reducing Dust

• Controlling Temperature

• Reducing Trauma

 

Tangentyere has also supported the improvement of nutrition through the delivery of Food Boxes as part of its Food Security Pilot Program.

 

This user-pays model allows families access to online ordering and direct delivery of healthy food at no extra cost.

 

The program supports people to address challenges to food security including poverty and transport. A working refrigerator supports the benefits of the food program.