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The Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) is the largest investment in Indigenous housing that has ever been undertaken by the Australian and Northern Territory governments. The Territory Alliance, a partnership between Laing O'Rourke, Sitzler and McMahon, is one of three such associations engaged to deliver the SIHIP housing program across the Northern Territory.
Indigenous people make up almost 30 per cent of the Northern Territory’s population. Of these, more than 70 per cent live in remote or rural areas. SIHIP will improve Indigenous housing by delivering 750 new houses, 230 rebuilds of existing houses and 2500 house refurbishments. Due for completion in 2013, the activities will take place across 73 remote Indigenous communities and a number of community living areas (town camps) throughout the Territory.
The program involved high levels of collaboration and consultation with local Indigenous communities to develop designs that are suitable for the people and region. There is also a strong emphasis on training and development strategies, and a target of 20 per cent Indigenous employment across SIHIP. Local workers on the project range from experienced tradespeople to high school students doing school-based apprenticeships. Indigenous professionals, including architects and planners, are also involved.
As a major government initiative to provide affordable and appropriate housing for Indigenous people, SIHIP is being closely followed by various government and social agencies throughout Australia. The Laing O’Rourke team is grateful for the opportunity to work on a building project with a high public profile, strong social justice outcomes and extensive community collaboration.
In recognition of the importance of this landmark project, at the 2010 Northern Land Council Employer Awards SIHIP was honoured with the Chairman’s Award, the Top Employer Award and the Top Project Award.