[by Mandy Taylor]
Time for Aboriginal housing in Aboriginal hands
The standoff between the NT and Federal Governments over remote housing could be solved immediately by handing community housing back to Aboriginal people.
Tangentyere Council CEO Walter Shaw said while both Governments abandon their responsibilities to Aboriginal communities, organisations such as Tangentyere stood ready to take up the challenge of providing appropriate and professional housing services.
“We are disgusted that it has come to this situation where Governments yet again have no shame in using us as pawns in their political games.
“Both Governments are acting disgracefully, showing no care, no leadership and no understanding of the impact this game they are playing is having on the lives of Town Camp and remote community residents.
“There are 15 Town Camps in the Alice Springs region. Tangentyere reminds the Federal and Territory Governments they both have direct responsibility through the tripartite leasing arrangements to provide adequate services.
“Town Campers will not sit back and watch Governments walk away from the responsibilities and let Aboriginal people become collateral damage in a political war.
“The Federal Government snatched responsibility for our hard fought for rights on Town Camp housing when they brought in the Intervention.
“Twelve years later they have the opportunity to correct this and work with Tangentyere and other Aboriginal organisations to get a real community housing model in place in the NT.
“Tangentyere has the expertise, experience and governance to run effective community controlled housing programs that work.
“Our partnerships with Tangentyere Constructions and Central Australian Affordable Housing Company mean we can hit the ground running if Governments choose to support us in delivering strong Aboriginal controlled housing services to our Town Camps and communities.
“Tangentyere was heartened to hear the Indigenous Affairs Minister say this morning he wants to see a community housing modelimplemented.
“While it’s the eleventh hour for the retiring Minister, we call on him to ensure Tangentyere has an equal seat at the table at any housing discussions.
“It’s time for both Governments to stop the posturing and hand Aboriginal housing back to Aboriginal community control.”
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[supplied by Bangarra]
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