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Welcome first step by Commonwealth Government but more needed.

The Northern Territory Government has welcomed Nigel Scullion’s pledge to match the Territory Labor Government’s record 10-year $1.1 billion investment into remote housing.

Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy said this further confirmation is important news for remote Territorians.

“We know that good housing is the key to strengthening remote communities and to improving the lives of people living in the bush,’ he said.

"Matching our $1.1 billion is a good start but it’s crucial the Commonwealth also matches our separate $510 million investment into land servicing.

“These additional funds are crucial for delivering serviced lots equipped with water, power and sewerage, so new houses can be built.

“We will work with the Federal Government to make real change.

“Bizarrely, the CLP opposition have taken an opposing view to their Leader Nigel Scullion, criticising the NT Government and claiming that we shouldn’t be seeking Commonwealth funding.

“Land serving funding is critical. After more than five years in the job, it’s time for Gary Higgins to deliver something for his constituents and join the Territory Labor Government in fighting for the Territory’s fair share.  

“Labor have put $1.61 billion on the table compared to the commitment from Gary Higgins to remote housing – zero dollars.

“The Labor Government is getting on with the job, standing up for Territorians who are the most disadvantaged in the country with more than half of the nations need for improved remote housing and new housing. 

“We are in desperate need and this critical investment helps the entire Territory.”

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