1 August 2017
$50m community plan unveiled

NEW life will be breathed into Groote Eylandt communities with more houses, water parks, playgrounds, oval upgrades and basketball courts.

The ALC will spend $51 million over the next five years to build houses plus facilities agreed on by Anindilyakwa people, which could also include a skate park and BMX track.

The ALC and NT government have joined forces to roll out a single, community-led plan for Groote and 
Bickerton islands. 

ALC chief executive Mark Hewitt said government and private experts considered the efforts to be the most 
advanced in addressing community housing supply in northern Australia. 

In Angurugu there are expected to be more than 50 existing homes renovated or replaced with new culturally appropriate housing.

The plan includes a new cultural and recreational precinct for Umbakumba and new and renovated housing.

Milyakburra would be revamped with new community facilities, shade structures and new and renovated housing.

Design director, Kieran Wong from company COX Architecture, said both Angurugu and Milyakburra had plenty of available land to build on, but service upgrades were required. He noted that many vacant lots or houses could be renovated or rebuilt to make more housing sites available. But Umbakumba required new land subdivisions, he said.

The ALC board is still discussing whether new housing subdivisions would be set out as clusters for family 
groups, or individual stand alone houses.

The ALC board has approved spending the money from interest earned from its mining trust.