Coming home to Borroloola to work on housing
Steven Anderson, a Garawa man, grew up in Queensland, spending 30 years there before finally returning home to Borroloola in the gulf country.
“I’ve always wanted to come home. All my family’s here – the traditional side on my mother’s side and grandmother’s side are all from this way. It’s good to be here.”
Steven is part of the local work crew for one of the contractors building and installing prefabricated homes, part of an overall package of 38 new and replacement homes and 18 extensions across the Borroloola town camps.
“We had to wait for the wet to finish so I’ve been working for about 6 months, first at Garawa 2 and now Yanyula”.
Steven has been able to put his previous experience working in construction and road crews to good use working on housing for his community.
His work means his days are varied, from supervising the demolition of existing houses to putting the finishes touches on new homes.
“I do labouring, building, trade assistant jobs, concreting, roofing, finishing the housing – a bit of everything.”
Steven said that the community has welcomed the housing program.
“I’ve been away all these years but I’ve seen some of the houses that all the mob have lived in for years and to see new stuff coming through is good, it’s been longed for, for a long time. People can’t wait to move into the new houses.”
Find out more about the Our Community. Our Future. Our Homes. Remote Housing Investment Package here.