Innovation enhances carer's home

A local Darwin contractor has used innovative designs to enhance a carer’s home at Palmerston Indigenous Village, allowing the young residents staying there to be better looked after.

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Dice Australia director Raymond Pratt, DLGHCD Town Camp Futures Unit executive director Danyelle Jarvis and Yilli Rreung works and project manager John Adams following the completion of works at the house.

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The breakfast bar in the kitchen is one example of the innovation used in the refurbished Palmerston Indigenous Village house.

As part of the Town Camps Housing and Infrastructure Program, Yilli Rreung Housing Aboriginal Corporation engaged contractor Dice Australia to renovate the home, which is a key building in the village.

“It was a one-bedroom shelter and it was quite overcrowded. Through Dice Australia we have been able to renovate it into a four-bedroom,” Yilli Rreung works and project manager John Adams said.

“It’s positive for the resident - she’s a carer and has got a lot of young kids that stay with her that she looks after.

“A lot of young girls live with her, there was no privacy including see-through mesh walls. Now there is privacy and security.”

Dice Australia director Raymond Pratt said an undercover outdoor area and an extended laundry and bathroom were added to the house, based on the tenant’s feedback.

“We didn’t just stick with the everyday plan, we talked about innovation and how we could best utilise the space for the kids living there,” he said.

“For example a lot of these houses don’t have a dining room table so they’ve allowed us to extend the kitchen bench and add stools to make a breakfast bar.

“The tenants are taking pride and ownership, they get a brand new house and they had a say in the way it was designed.”

Yilli Rreung have received funding to undertake 209 projects under the Town Camps Housing and Infrastructure Program. This has allowed it to engage local contractors who have been able to employ more than 20 Aboriginal staff members from communities and town camps in the region.

Last updated: 31 January 2020

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