Historic Jilkminggan housing lease signed
For the first time in its history, the Jilkminggan community has entered into a formal housing lease agreement with the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development (DLGHCD).
Located 10 kilometres south of Mataranka, the signing of the Jilkminggan Community Living Area Housing Lease means significant maintenance and upgrades can be made to community housing lots under the National Partnership for Remote Housing program.
The short-term lease was signed off last week between DLGHCD CEO Jamie Chalker and the Jilkminggan Community Aboriginal Corporation.
It covers 50 lots within the community and expires on 30 June 2023. The next step in the process is to put in place formal tenancy arrangements on each of the lots.
After the Jilkminggan Community Aboriginal Corporation expressed its interest in entering a short-term housing lease late last year, an application was submitted by the department’s Land Tenure Unit, which is responsible for negotiating leases to support public housing in remote communities.
“Establishing this lease is a significant step for the Jilkminggan community and we’ve received feedback its residents are excited by the benefits it will bring to their living situations,” Darren Johnson, Senior Director Land Tenure, said.
Previously, in the absence of a lease, the department had operated within Jilkminggan to address only emergency plumbing and electrical repairs on homes.