Creating Local Jobs: Government Leasing to Drive Seven Residential Developments

16 February 2018

NT Government: The Territory Labor Government has reached agreement for social housing leases with developers of seven planned local construction projects and owners of two newly constructed complexes.

Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison said the leases for a percentage of apartments in the seven residential projects means they can now move forward with confidence.

“These planned projects would create hundreds of local jobs and deliver tens of millions of dollars to the NT economy,” she said.

“Territory Labor Government’s number one priority is creating local jobs and another way to do this is use social housing leases to drive new construction and stimulate our economy.”

In August 2017, Government invited the construction/property sector to put forward proposals to construct residential housing for use as social housing.

“Following a high level of interest, today we are announcing seven new projects are now being finalised – we have reached agreement for them and two newly constructed complexes to have a percentage of their development leased for social housing,” she said.

Ms Manison and Minister for Housing and Community Development, Gerry McCarthy today joined local developer Theo Kalidonis at 9 Daly Street in Darwin City, one of the larger proposed development sites. It is one of two projects that will now immediately start the development application process.

“The 9 Daly Street development would see the construction of a 77 room apartment complex, including 30 new social housing units. This project alone could see $42million invested into our economy, which equates to around 300 jobs.

“Further proposals including large scale unit complexes and smaller suburban dwellings will be announced in coming days – all would provide a boost to both large and small construction businesses across Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs.”

Minister McCarthy said the nine developments will assist in addressing a major shortage in public housing.

“Good housing is the foundation for good health, education and community outcomes – it’s important we address this shortage,” he said.

"This project will address the needs of some people on the waitlist, free up existing public housing and also increase the number of new dwellings in the housing portfolio. It is a win-win situation and a smart way to support local business and people in need.”

Following the normal development application process - which includes exhibition - construction of 9 Daly Street could commence later this year. Negotiations with the remaining six proposals are ongoing.




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Manison – Lesley Major – 0419 288 284

McCarthy – Hannah Farmer – 0428 497 154

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