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ALICE TOWN CAMP IS NEXT IN LEGAL CHALLENGE OVER POOR HOUSING

Joint Media Release – Central Australia Aboriginal Legal Aid Service Inc. & ALRAR – Wednesday 23rd March 2016

A town camp in Alice Springs is following the lead of two other central Australian communities in pursuing legal avenues to repair their houses.

Yesterday half of the residents of Larapinta Valley (Yarrenyty-Arltere), Town Camp notified the NT Department of Housing of around 160 repairs required in their households.

SECOND ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY TAKES LEGAL ACTION OVER POOR HOUSING

Joint Media Release – Central Australia Aboriginal Legal Aid Service Inc. & ALRAR – Monday 14th March 2016

Almost a third of households in the remote aboriginal community of Papunya lodged claims for compensation in the Northern Territory Civil Administrative Tribunal (NTCAT) today. The claims come after the NT Department of Housing failed to repair urgent maintenance issues within legally-binding time frames.

14 individual claimants from the remote community are each seeking compensation, which will most likely take the form of rental abatement.

NT HOUSING MINISTER ADMITS ABORIGINAL HOUING “NOT FIT FOR HUMANS”

Media Release – Monday 29th February 2016

Advocacy group Aboriginal Housing NT (AHNT) has demanded that the NT Government urgently review its remote housing model after admissions by NT Housing Minister, Bess Price, that some remote Aboriginal housing was not fit for human occupation.

The Minister made the admissions after residents in the remote central Australian community of Santa Teresa commenced legal action against the NT Department of Housing, seeking over 600 outstanding housing repairs.

LEGAL ACTION AGAINST NT GOVERNMENT OVER POOR CONDITION OF ABORIGINAL HOUSING

Media Release – Wednesday 10th February 2016

Residents in the central Australian community of Santa Teresa have taken legal action against the NT Department of Housing (DOH) over outstanding urgent housing repairs.

Claims lodged at the NTCAT (Northern Territory Civil Administrative Tribunal) detail over 600 housing maintenance requests, including leaking roofs, electrical faults, non-working ovens and blocked drains.