New homes allocated to tenants in Galiwin’ku

Good things have been happening in Galiwin’ku, as two newly built homes were allocated to tenants in May.

The houses have been built as part of the post-Cyclone Lam recovery in the area.

Before the cyclone, Judy Djilipana lived in a beachfront home with views of the beach and surrounding ocean, so it’s understandable that she has been keen to move back ever since her family were displaced in 2015.

Upon receiving the keys to her new house, Judy was almost moved to tears.

Her family are impressed with the design, which incorporates extended verandas at the front and a covered veranda at the back that overlooks the ocean.

Arnhem region staff Cheryle Russell and Brad Searle have been working tirelessly ensuring the capital works program has been progressing smoothly, coordinating tenancy and asset management in Galiwin’ku.

Construction of the homes by Nhulunbuy-based DRG Industries provided employment and training opportunities to many local workers.

Numerous local trade assistants and trainees were employed in the construction of the dwellings, including a painting crew consisting of seven Galiwin’ku Yolngu men.

Other works completed include building 26 new houses and a new health clinic and renovating 45 houses.There are also nine new homes underway in Gunyangara, where eight local Yolngu trainees are working toward their Pathways to Construction course in conjunction with Charles Darwin University.

One of the new homes at Galiwin’ku with extended outdoor living spaces.