Remote housing builder on notice

Patricia Karvelas, 19/4/10

Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has put on notice one of the major business partners charged with building Aborigines new and renovated homes in the Northern Territory and vowed to dump any elements of the indigenous housing program that are failing. This comes after The Australian revealed the government is paying three times more than necessary to rebuild derelict homes in the remote Northern Territory Aboriginal community of Willowra. Ralph Dein, the government business manager for the small community about 300km from Alice Springs, wrote an angry email to his superiors, obtained by The Australian, about the government paying outside contractors an average of $75,000 to refurbish the dwellings. Mr Dein said local workers had previously refurbished six houses for only $25,000 each.

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