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25 Jan 2016  | Australia Day Public Holiday

Offices will be closed on Tuesday 26 January, 2016 for the Australia Day public holiday and will re-open on Wednesday 27 January at 8.00am.

Maintenance issues can be reported through the after-hours service.

15 Dec 2015  | Opening hours over Christmas

The Department of Housing will be operating as normal over the Christmas period, with offices open between 8am - 4pm, Monday to Friday. We will be closed on public holidays as follows...

09 Dec 2015  | Housing strategy consultation draft available for comment

Developing a housing system that meets the needs of today and tomorrow in both urban and remote communities is the focus of a Housing Strategy consultation draft released today for public comment.

08 Dec 2015  | Christmas Cakes for Public Housing Seniors

Are you a public housing tenant 55 years of age or over and living in Darwin, Palmerston, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine or Nhulunbuy? If so, our friendly staff started delivering Christmas cards and cakes to you Friday 4 December.

06 Nov 2015  | A green oasis in the red centre

Mr Warren Conway’s house and garden at Ilparpa town camp always draw admiration because of his creative gardening and the care he takes looking after his house.

27 Oct 2015  | Stuart Lodge to reopen and be operated by Mission Australia

Minister for Housing, Bess Price, today announced that Mission Australia is the successful proponent to re-open and operate Stuart Lodge in Alice Springs. Mission Australia has accepted the offer to lease and operate the facility in Alice Springs.

07 Oct 2015  | More social housing opportunities for Territorians

Minister for Housing Bess Price today announced that Territorians are set to benefit from social housing through an innovative Department of Housing program.

24 Sep 2015  | Briefing sessions - Residential accommodation for renal patients

The Department of Housing is seeking proposals from community housing providers or other organisations to purchase, renovate and/or redevelop, lease and manage a minimum of 8 properties for the purposes of family-centric residential accommodation for end-stage Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander renal patients.

02 Sep 2015  | Three Strikes policy strengthened

The Department of Housing takes public housing safety seriously and has a Public Housing Safety Strategy in place to promote community safety in public housing complexes.

31 Jul 2015  | Upgrades and renal funding improving the lives of remote Territorians

Minister for Housing, Bess Price, visited the remote community of Kaltukatjara to inspect the progress of upgrades to existing dwellings being completed by local Indigenous residents.

31 Jul 2015  | $10 million support for Central Australia renal patients

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote Central Australia are being further supported to access dialysis services.

27 Jul 2015  | Do you have a green thumb?

The annual Public Housing Garden Competition is now open.

20 Jul 2015  | Tenders awarded for new houses at Galiwin’ku

Two tenders have been awarded to re-build houses at Galiwin’ku following the devastation caused by Cyclone Lam and Nathan.

16 Jul 2015  | Housing upgrades improving the lives of remote Territorians

Upgrades to over 180 houses in remote communities will improve the lives of people in the bush.

13 Jul 2015  | Grant funding for housing and homelessness services confirmed

Grant funding for specialist housing and homelessness services and programs across the Northern Territory for 2015-16 has been allocated under the National Partnership Agreement on Housing (NPAH) and the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA).

01 Jul 2015  | Seeking proposals to lease and manage Wauchope Flats housing complex

The Department of Housing is seeking proposals from community housing providers or other organisations to lease and manage Wauchope Flats, which is transitioning to a seniors village.

01 Jul 2015  | New seniors’ housing to be built in Katherine

The town of Katherine is set to receive new public housing for its seniors. Two sites will be developed to provide modern homes for seniors and people with physical or mobility issues.

23 Jun 2015  | Kurringal Flats make way for new development

The last blocks at Kurringal Flats at Fannie Bay are being demolished to make way for a new residential complex that includes 80 units under the affordable rental Real Housing for Growth initiative.

17 Jun 2015  | Review of housing programs

The Northern Territory Government will review housing supply and assistance programs to ensure that they are meeting the needs of Territorians.

09 Jun 2015  | Changes to Visitor Management Policy

The Department of Housing has reviewed its Visitor Management Policy to help tenants better manage the time visitors stay in their public housing home.

21 May 2015  | New affordable units proposed for Kurringal Flats site

Local company Halikos Group had been awarded the contract to redevelop the Kurringal Flats site, which will include affordable units under the affordable rental Real Housing for Growth initiative.

23 Apr 2015  | Discounted Palmerston rental units available on Farrar Boulevard

Affordable rental opportunities in Palmerston are now open to eligible key workers at 30 per cent below market rate under the government’s head-leasing initiative.

23 Mar 2015  | Community becomes water wise

In the Territory, water is vital to the hot harsh climate we live in. The wet season provides an abundance of rain but when it comes to turning on taps at home it costs money. Leaking taps and pipes waste this valuable resource.

17 Mar 2015  | Our work in Big Rivers with the Roper Gulf Regional Council

Melissa Cox works as the Senior Housing Coordinator with Roper Gulf Regional Council. She described some of the commercial operations work she does for housing and maintenance in Beswick, Barunga, Weemol, Bulman, Eva Valley, Binjari, Jilkmingan, Minyerri, Ngukurr, Numbulwar and Rittarangu.

11 Mar 2015  | Big Rivers – New home, new life

Former Department of Housing client Casey Anderson is a shining example of making the most of your opportunities. In 2009 Casey was a 23 year old single mother and began a journey that would take her from public housing tenant to proud home owner. Through hard work, determination and support from the department, she was able to reach her goal of home ownership.

04 Mar 2015  | Innovative housing repairs in the bush

Logging work, checking in and out of jobs, allocating materials and reporting on work has taken a huge leap into the 'cloud' through the introduction of an app developed by a team of Darwin IT professionals.

25 Feb 2015  | Tropical Cyclone Lam Recovery

The department is working actively to support communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Lam.

19 Feb 2015  | Construction on the rise in Runge Street

The partnership between the Northern Territory Department of Housing and Reday Joint Venture continues to progress towards providing more affordable housing for Territorians.

06 Feb 2015  | Ampilatwatja Community Local ‘Tidy Town’ Competition 2014

In September 2014, at the invitation of the Barkly Regional Council, officers from the Department of Housing travelled to Ampilatwatja to be part of the judging panel for the annual local community tidy town 'clean up' competition.

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18 Dec 2014  | Discounted rental properties snapped up in Karama

The roll out of the Territory Government’s head-leasing scheme in Darwin has been a success with the first series of 50 discounted rental apartments in Karama already fully tenanted.

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16 Dec 2014  | A fresh take on a new house
Nalwarri Ndurruwutthun has lived in Yirrkala her entire life and until early this year lived in an old house at Lot 92 Yirrkala. She had the opportunity to watch the construction of her new house at Lot 93 and see it come to life.

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15 Dec 2014  | Tiwi Bombers kicking goals for remote home ownership program
The Toll Tiwi Bombers Football Club has been named as an ambassador for the Remote Home Ownership program.

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12 Dec 2014  | A 'Cheeky' Christmas instore for public housing seniors
It was Christmas with a twist on Wednesday morning for the annual delivery of Christmas cakes and cards to senior Northern Territory public housing tenants.

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11 Dec 2014  | Construction in full swing at Runge Street
The redevelopment of the old public housing site at 1 Runge Street in Coconut Grove is in full swing with construction now underway.

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05 Dec 2014  | Loving Life at Larapinta

Louise Clark a spritely 81 year old resident at the Department of Housing, Larapinta Seniors Village loves living in her community.

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28 Nov 2014  | Real Housing For Growth Industry Roundtable
An industry roundtable was held on 21 November to seek input on the Northern Territory Government’s Real Housing for Growth initiative.

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18 Nov 2014  | Too good to be true

On 15 August 2014, Donald Marawili and Judith Marika, two humble public housing tenants living in the remote community of Yirrkala were given an early Christmas present, their newly constructed three bedroom home.

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17 Nov 2014  | Public Housing Garden Competition – Winners announced
Territory public housing tenants have proven once again that they are passionate about their gardens and truly have a green thumb.

Almost 50 entries were received from across the Territory for the 2014 Public Housing Garden Competition.

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30 Oct 2014  | Expressions of Interest open for Remote Home Ownership Program
Expressions of interest have now opened for remote public housing tenants to sign up to a new remote home ownership scheme.

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29 Sep 2014  | Discounted rental properties available in Darwin

Fifty apartments in Karama are now available to rent for eligible key workers at 30 per cent below market rate under the government’s head-leasing initiative.

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08 Sep 2014  | New houses for Yirrkala and Gunyangara
The Territory Government continues to deliver new and improved housing in East Arnhem thanks to the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing. Five new homes are ready to move into in Gunyangara, on top of 12 new homes delivered in Yirrkala last year.

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01 Sep 2014  | Intract delivering in the Arafura region

Intract are an Indigenous Business Enterprise delivering remote housing maintenance and tenancy management services for public housing tenants in the Arafura region of the Northern Territory.

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26 Aug 2014  | Arnhem Region’s Remote Contracts

There are three Housing Maintenance contractors in the Arnhem Region providing repairs and maintenance for public housing.

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18 Aug 2014  | Local Papunya man gets his dream job
Clayton Dixon is a 28 year old local Papunya man working as a Housing Maintenance Officer for his community and family. He undertakes general maintenance and repairs to public housing in Papunya, Mt Liebig and Haasts Bluff.

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23 Jul 2014  | Arafura Region’s Remote Contracts

Local contracts for repairing public housing in remote communities in the Arafura region have improved response times across the Arafura region. Housing Maintenance Officers are now available to attend to remote public housing tenants home maintenance needs, rectify issues or advise about what repair and maintenance work is needed. Tenants have expressed their satisfaction with the improved service.

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23 Jul 2014  | Big Rivers Region’s Remote Contracts

Thamarrurr Development Corporation

Thamarrurr Development Corporation (TDC) is a local community owned company that delivers a range of commercial and government activities in Wadeye. TDC provides the public housing repairs and maintenance service in the Wadeye community and has recently employed three new staff to carry out these services.

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23 Jul 2014  | Barkly Region’s Remote Contracts

Under the new remote housing repairs and maintenance contracts, there have been local people employed into real jobs. T&J Refrigeration has secured Rainbow Gateway to carry out handyman type repairs and tenancy management for the 76 public houses in Alpurrurulam resulting in the employment of three Housing Maintenance Officers (HMOs) and two Community Housing Officers.

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21 May 2014  | Demolition Work Begins On Runge Street
Demolition works are underway on the public housing site at 1 Runge Street in Coconut Grove, with the run-down building expected to be gone in the coming weeks. The site will be turned into affordable and private housing under the Territory Government’s Real Housing for Growth plan, providing a much needed boost to housing stock in Darwin.

21 May 2014  | Get Your Shovel Ready
Construction of homes can soon begin on 56 lots in the Palmerston suburb of Johnston 18 months ahead of schedule because the Country Liberals Government is fast-tracking residential land release.
Titles have been issued on 45 single dwelling lots and 11 multiple dwelling lots in Johnston Stage 2B4.  The stage also includes a recreational park and a community purpose lot which has been identified for release later this year.

06 May 2014  | New Housing For Government Employees In Wadeye
The remote community of Wadeye will soon have more incentive to lure government employees to the town with 11 new homes set to be ready at the end of May.
The new dwellings have been bought by the NT Government and are the first privately constructed house land packages to be offered for sale on Aboriginal land in the Territory.

17 Apr 2014  | Rundown Runge St Set For Revamp
Local business Reday Joint Venture has been selected to redevelop the aged and run-down public housing site at 1 Runge Street in Coconut Grove.
The site will be turned into affordable and private housing under the Country Liberal Government’s Real Housing for Growth plan, providing a much needed boost to housing stock in Darwin.

30 Mar 2014  | Affordable House And Land Packages In Zuccoli
Pre-approved eligible purchasers have the chance to snap up affordable house and land packages in Zuccoli later this week, with prices starting from $442,181.
Four house and land packages will be released in the Palmerston suburb of Zuccoli on Thursday, under the Government’s Real Housing for Growth home-buyer initiative.

30 Mar 2014  | Fast Tracking New Housing For Palmerston
Registrations open next month for developers wanting to be part of the Territory’s biggest ever land release program that will deliver 1300 new homes in Palmerston.
“My government is releasing land faster than ever before because we understand the need to stabilise the housing market and the cost of living. We are planning for the Territory's future," Chief Minister Adam Giles said.

21 Mar 2014  | Affordable Housing For Alice Springs
Ten of the newly refurbished John Gorey apartments in Elliott Street located in Braitling Alice Springs are now available for rent at 30 per cent below market rate. Minister for Housing Matt Conlan said the ten apartments would be tenanted under the Country Liberals Real Housing for Growth plan.


Expressions of Interest have been called to provide senior’s accommodation at the newly refurbished John Gorey Apartments in Elliott Street located in Braitling Alice Springs.

Minister for Housing Matt Conlan said the project would provide housing options for low income senior citizens.

04 Mar 2014  | Residential Building Approvals Up - Housing Stock To Rise
The number of residential building approvals in the Territory has increased by nearly 22 per cent in the year to January 2014.
Treasurer Dave Tollner said the year on year increase was driven by a 24 per cent increase in the number of unit and townhouse approvals and a 13.4 per cent rise in house approvals.


The Country Liberals Government is committed to reducing the cost of living for Territorians by continuing to stimulate housing supply through land release and promoting development.

Minister for Lands, Planning and Environment, Peter Chandler said we’re looking to build on the foundations we laid last year – streamlining of departmental processes, fast-tracking existing greenfield projects and identifying urban infill sites for development.


The Alice Springs economy will be boosted with a major development to commence soon at the Old Alice Springs Bowling Club.

Minister for Lands, Planning and Environment Peter Chandler said the crown land was sold at auction this week to local company Asbuild NT Pty Ltd.


Alice Springs home-buyers in Alice Springs are being urged to get in quick and register their interest in the newly refurbished John Gorey Apartments in Elliott Street which are about to go on sale.

“The Country Liberals Government is helping low to middle income earners in Alice Springs achieve their dream of buying their own home,” said Chief Minister Adam Giles.


The Country Liberals Government is continuing to combat the Territory’s housing crisis and drive down the cost of living through developing infill sites and fast tracking land release.

A formal Request for Proposals (RFP) for the old Sports House site in Fannie Bay will be presented to developers at an industry briefing tonight


The Northern Territory recorded above average growth in residential building approvals in 2013 according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Treasurer Dave Tollner said the number of residential building approvals in the Territory during 2013 increased by 19.9 per cent to 2299.


The redevelopment of the John Gorey Apartments in Elliott Street, Alice Springs is progressing fast and has been a hive of activity since work began on the public housing complex in late October.

“Over the past few weeks all 30 units have been prepared and made ready for refurbishment works to commence,” Chief Minister Adam Giles said.


Minister for Housing Matt Conlan has announced the winners of the Territory Housing Garden Competition for the Top End.

“This competition is an opportunity to reward public housing tenants throughout the Territory who take great pride in looking after their home and gardens,” Mr Conlan said.

“This year we had 60 tenants enter the competition from Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Nhulunbuy and Alice Springs.

“It’s great to see so many tenants devote their time and energy into creating beautiful gardens, setting an important example for other public housing tenants to follow.


The first eight brand new affordable rental dwellings under the Country Liberals Government’s Real Housing for Growth head-lease initiativeare now ready for rent in Tennant Creek.

Minister for Housing, Matt Conlan, said the rental properties will be available at 30 per cent below market rent rates.

“This project is an excellent example of how the Country Liberals Government is working with the private sector to increase the supply of affordable housing with an aim to deliver 2000 new homes across the Territory over the next four years,” Mr Conlan said.


Minister for Housing Matt Conlan today announced the Territory Housing complex know as ‘John Gorey Apartments’ in Elliott Street, Alice Springs, is undergoing major renewal as part of the Territory Government’s Real Housing for Growth plan.

“This Government is finding solutions to meet the town’s housing requirements by bridging the gap for residents who are struggling to find suitable housing,” Mr Conlan said.

“These apartments have had a chequered history of anti-social behaviour but that’s now in the past with the renewal intending to provide a much needed ‘boost’ to accommodation stock in the town when completed.”

Minister for Housing Matt Conlan has encouraged Territory Housing tenants to bring out their green thumbs and get involved in this year’s Public Housing Garden Competition.
Mr Conlan said the competition was now open and tenants had until Friday 25 October 2013 to submit their entries.
“This competition is an opportunity to reward our tenants who take great pride in looking after their home,” Mr Conlan said.
“Many tenants invest a lot of time and energy into creating beautiful and vibrant gardens for their homes and set a great example for others to follow.

05 Sep 2013  | Remote Property Maintenance and Tenancy Management Contracts
The Department of Housing is seeking tenderers for the Remote Property and Tenancy Management contracts. Interested applicant can apply for the following:

  • Delivery of housing maintenance coordination services
  • Delivery of tenancy management services
  • Panel contract for provision of trade qualified services.

23 Aug 2013  | Remote Housing program upskills communities
The home building program in remote communities has provided valuable skills training
for Indigenous people, Minister for Housing, Peter Chandler, said today.

23 Aug 2013  | First of 21 housing projects gets go ahead
Minister for Housing, Peter Chandler, announced today that the first of 21
developments to build hundreds of homes across the Territory has been formally

23 Aug 2013  | Forging ahead on housing and land release
Government has a simple and smart recipe for housing availability and is getting on with it, the Minister for Housing Peter Chandler said today.

16 Jul 2013  | Home buyer information session
Information sessions will be held in the Darwin region for low to middle income earners who want to find out how the Real Housing for Growth home buyer initiative can give you a start in the property market.

10 Jul 2013  | Tenants value work of public housing officers
Minister for Housing, Peter Chandler, said today Public Housing Safety Officers had improved the lives of many Territory Housing tenants and their neighbours.

27 Jun 2013  | Redevelopment proposals sought for public housing complex
Minister for Housing Peter Chandler, said today the Territory Government is calling for proposals to redevelop a large public housing complex in Darwin.

14 Jun 2013  | Moving ahead on homes at Zuccoli
Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment, Peter Chandler, today announced the next stage of a significant subdivision with at least 200 lots in Palmerston East.

07 Jun 2013  | Home buyers urged to apply for opportunities
Minister for Housing, Peter Chandler, today urged keen home buyers to apply for opportunities to buy affordable homes.

05 Jun 2013  | Call for development proposals for homes in Katherine
Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment, Peter Chandler, today announced a Request for Proposals to develop the first stage of a housing subdivision in Katherine East.

16 May 2013  | Building more homes for Territory workers
Minister for Housing, Peter Chandler, said projects to build up to 800 new homes across the Territory are close to being approved under the Territory Government’s Real Housing for Growth initiative.

14 May 2013  | Budget 2013 - Home building in remote communities sets fast pace
Budget 2013 continues the huge Territory and Commonwealth investment to make significant improvements to housing in remote communities.

14 May 2013  | Budget 2013 - Dynamic approach to deliver affordable housing
A dynamic approach is being taken by the Territory Government to give workers and their families more choice on the rental market and in buying a home.

13 May 2013  | Making land available to drive housing growth for Territorians
The Territory Government is determined to provide affordable housing for Territorians and has already found thousands of hectares of land that can be developed for housing.

08 May 2013  | Pushing ahead on plan to improve urban public housing
The Territory Government is spending $52.94 million to upgrade and improve urban public housing in 2013. “The Government is embarking on a socially responsible approach to better manage our public housing stock,” Minister for Housing, Peter Chandler, said.

08 May 2013  | Building for housing escalates as confidence grows
Government action to slash red tape and speed up development application processes is reflected in a record number of residential building approvals, Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment, Peter Chandler, said today.

05 Apr 2013  | New Housing and Local Government Chief Executive
Experienced administrator Allan McGill has been appointed the acting Chief Executive of the Department of Housing and the Department of Local Government for six months – starting on Monday.

02 Apr 2013  | Expert team drives housing roll out
Chief Minister Adam Giles said today a team of project management experts is being appointed to drive the roll-out of land and homes for Territorians.

05 Mar 2013  | Appointment of Chief Executives
Chief Minister Terry Mills has confirmed the formal appointment of quality professionals in senior positions to lead a number of government departments. John Baskerville has accepted a two-year extension of his contract as Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Housing and he will also continue as Chief Executive of the Department of Local Government.

05 Mar 2013  | Discovering home sites for Territorians
Chief Minister Terry Mills today announced a Northern Territory Government audit has revealed sufficient land with potential to accommodate more than 1000 new houses.

05 Mar 2013  | Coordination across the Public Sector
A multi-agency approach is being implemented to address priority issues facing the Northern Territory - including the high cost of living, anti-social behaviour, cleanliness of parks and streets, and standard of living in remote communities.

21 Feb 2013  | Real Housing for Growth
Minister for Housing, David Tollner, will next week call for Expressions of Interest from the private sector for the construction of hundreds of affordable homes across the Northern Territory. The announcement is the first step towards delivering on the Government’s election commitment to increase affordable housing options for key Territory workers and to bridge the gap between public and private housing.

12 Dec 2012  | Setting it right on home loans
Minister for Housing, Peter Chandler, has moved to clarify misconceptions surrounding HomeNorth’s housing loans.

04 Dec 2012  | Review finds housing efficiences
Government employee housing and public housing has been reviewed to maximise efficient use of assets.

04 Dec 2012  | Reforming First Home Buyer Assistance
Changes have been made to the assistance given to first home buyers to better support first home buyers at the lower end of the market and to create the right market conditions to ensure housing construction increases at an affordable price.

19 Nov 2012  | Helping Territory families into new homes
A new home loan package aimed at helping Territory families achieve their home ownership dream has been announced by the Northern Territory Government. At the Housing Industry Association Awards last night, the Minister for Housing Peter Chandler unveiled the new NT Government-supported home loan assistance package, HomeBuild Access.

16 Nov 2012  | Land Tenure Unit receives Public Sector award
The Department of Regional Development and Indigenous Advancement’s Land Tenure Unit has been honoured at the Chief Minister’s Awards for Excellence in the Public Sector for its work to free up land for housing in remote Aboriginal communities.

14 Nov 2012  | Darwin's top public housing gardens recognised
Public housing garden enthusiasts celebrated today with the announcement of the Public Housing Garden Competition winners for the Darwin region.

29 Oct 2012  | A comprehensive plan for more affordable housing
Housing Minister Peter Chandler has pledged to increase the pace of housing construction across the Northern Territory. “In the coming weeks we will detail the Government’s plans to overcome the housing crisis,” Mr Chandler said.

29 Oct 2012  | Working together on homelessness
Minister for Housing Peter Chandler opened the Northern Territory Homelessness Summit in Darwin, and thanked everyone working in the sector for their dedication. “The collaboration between the community and the government is important to the work being done,’’ Mr Chandler told delegates.

01 Oct 2012  | Mills Government committed to easing housing crisis
Housing Minister, Peter Chandler, today welcomed the completion of the Parap Road residential housing project in Darwin. The 100 unit Village@Parap development was opened by Federal Housing Minister, Brendan O’Connor, this afternoon. The project is a mix of affordable rentals, home ownership and public housing for seniors.

27 Sep 2012  | Residential building cover scheme to continue
The Territory Government is committed to introducing Residential Building Cover from 1 January 2013.