Prefabricated homes are being delivered to remote areas of the Northern Territory to meet the state’s housing needs and stimulate the economy.
As part of the Northern Territory Government’s $68 million Homebuild program, the prefab homes provide an alternative to on-site construction homes and are easier to transport to isolated areas.
Despite the difficulties brought upon by coronavirus, building work at sites in Darwin and Alice Springs has been able to continue, with 74 homes completed in Aboriginal communities across NT.
Chief Minister, Michael Gunner, said: “The coronavirus crisis has changed so much about our world but it hasn’t changed the Territory’s housing need.”
Travel restriction brought on by the pandemic meant getting access to remote areas was limited to protect the safety of rural communities, but the versatility of prefab homes enabled work to continue in recent months.
Being able to continue building homes when access to communities was restricted meant we could maintain a level of productivity.Michael Gunner – Chief Minister
Mr Gunner praised the prefabricated homes and said that not only do they offer a sustainable housing solution, but they have kept many construction companies in business,
Minister for Remote Housing and Town Camps, Chansey Paech, said: “I know there are many families who are looking forward to moving into their new homes, while some have already settled in.
“I am particularly pleased to see Sentenced to a Job participants have been gaining skills, confidence and ongoing work opportunities through their involvement in the construction of these homes.”