Cyclone replacement in Galiwin’ku returned

A Galiwin’ku family was excited to walk through the doors to their new home, after their original house was destroyed in the cyclones which struck the island in 2015.

Tenants Rosemary Ganambarr and Valerie Wunungmurra say it’s good to be home.

“I’m really happy that I’ve got a new house and that I have four bedrooms for my big family,” Rosemary said.

“It’s good to be back where my old house was – close to the oval and the shop.

It’s easy and close for getting to school and to work,” she said.

It’s the first of nine cyclone replacement builds to be completed by Bukmak constructions, a subsidiary business of the Arnhem Land Progress Association (ALPA), and is one of several packages of cyclone replacement works delivered in the community.

The work is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the Northern Territory Government under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements following Cyclone Lam and Cyclone Nathan.

ALPA Enterprise and Economic Development General Manager Steve Roberts was proud of the completed works and the local employment they were able to offer during the construction process.

“Not only does it prove Bukmak Constructions’ capability and capacity to deliver houses, but we were also able to deliver more than 50per cent of Yolŋu employment,” Steve said.

Bukmak Contructions Chairman Micky Wunungmurra said the tenant handover of the first home has marked a major milestone for their business and the community.

“It’s significant for Bukmak, and ALPA to have a strong partnership with the NT and Federal Governments for our future and our emerging businesses’ sustainability,” Micky said.

“It also allows everybody in communities to gain access to training and employment, and that in turn will improve their livelihoods,” he said.

The remaining works are expected to be completed by October resulting in a further nine new homes for Galiwin’ku.

(From left) Bukmak Constructions worker Scott Pascoe, tenants Rosemary Ganambarr and Valerie Wunungmurra, and Tenancy Officer Tess Hutchinson at the handover of the first home.
(From left) Bukmak Constructions worker Scott Pascoe, tenants Rosemary Ganambarr and Valerie Wunungmurra, and Tenancy Officer Tess Hutchinson at the handover of the first home.

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