According to Ms Jennifer Rankine the Minister for Families and Communities, in Coober Pedy on Tuesday (today), Anangu on the APY Lands will be able to apply for home loans through a HomeStart program to purchase homes being built on their homelands on APY Lands in the far north of South Australia.
Ms Rankine said the loans are going very well even though the interest rates are higher. “Home Start have some excellent products available for aboriginal people to be able to purchase their own homes”, said Ms Rankine.
Speaking of the delivery of new homes to the APY lands, Ms Rankine said it was an exciting day on Monday when an MOU was signed. Ms Rankine told regional radio that the aim of building these new homes is to reduce overcrowding and increase homemaker education services.
The agreement and funds will sustain ongoing jobs for contractors and others in a national partnership with a budget of $292 million and a view to 200 new homes being built.
The homes will be managed by Housing SA. Ms Rankine said she was very excited.
“A larger number of tenders will be sought said to build these homes to achieve value for the $292 million investment”, said Minister Rankine .
Ms Rankine said that discussions are still ongoing, including how the housing will be modelled as in the style of accommodation and how the APY residents will be expected to pay for these homes.
Minister Rankine spoke of 23 houses currently being contracted at Amata. Amata is the administration centre for the APY lands and is also the office of the Lands Council.
Four new two bedroom homes are scheduled to be built in Indulkana with four currently near completion. Some of these will be two and four bedroom homes and others will be one and two bedroom homes. A four bedroom house is likely to have two bedrooms outside the home with outdoor facilities for visitors. Ms Rankine said consultation is continuing.