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It’s fantastic news that the NT Government has shown their commitment to regional housing with their recent announcement to rebuild houses at Galiwin’ku following the devastation caused by Cyclone Lam and Nathan. More than 80 houses were severely damaged or beyond repair and will take many months to be rebuilt. Construction starts in September, with 40 houses expected to be completed by mid-next year. This will improve the living conditions, help the local economy and provide training and employment for locals.

Speaking of Galiwin’ku, I had the great pleasure of being part of a video conference with the other East Arnhem Regional Council areas – Milingimbi, Nhulunbuy and the Darwin office for their council meeting recently. It’s fantastic to see this regional council using technology to bring their remote areas together saving time and money, and benefiting their communities.

I was also pleased to see work on The Esplanade has now started. This $3.3 million project will make this iconic waterside road much more appealing for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. It’s a mammoth job and there is no good time to upgrade such a busy road. The project is funded by the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program, with the City of Darwin contributing to landscaping the area. Work is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

It’s good to see applications for our Elected Member Service Awards are starting to roll in. This is LGANT’s way of recognising long term contributions of our elected members – past and present. I encourage our councils to send in applications.

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