To date eight new houses have been constructed and tenanted under the Alice Springs Transformation Plan with construction currently underway on a further five houses. Ten rebuilds and one refurbishment have been completed with a further six commenced.
Throughout August much progress was also made on the construction of Apmere Mwerre Visitor Park (pronounced ‘upmura moora’, meaning ‘good place’). The short-term accommodation facility will help to reduce overcrowding in public housing and the town camps of Alice Springs.
Apmere Mwerre Visitor Park is designed to provide short-term accommodation for up to 150 people in a drug and alcohol free environment. The facility will have a high level of security and CCTV cameras will be placed in and around the facility. Access will be controlled through a single entry point. The park will be supported by a regular public transport service to make it easier for people to access services in town.
Progress for the month of August includes completion of the ablution block roof and the blockwork for the cabins. Installation of reinforcement steel has commenced on the self-contained units. The roof on the caretaker’s residence and administration office is 70 per cent complete, and work on the shade shelters has commenced. The ring road and car park is being levelled and the custom designed tents have arrived.
The entrance to Apmere Mwerre Visitor Park. Work on the boundary fence is almost complete.
Cabins under construction. The cabins will be fitted with either two or four beds, a bench, a sink and a covered verandah area to provide shelter on the exterior of the cabins. Guests will be provided with clean linen and will have the option of either cooking their own meals using barbeques or fire pits, or purchasing cooked meals at the dining facility.
The existing building pictured above is undergoing maintenance and refurbishment work. The building will act as an industrial kitchen, a dining facility and a mothers and babies area. The room for mothers and babies will provide a space for mothers to change and feed young children. A playground will soon be built adjacent to the mothers and babies area enabling children to play in a safe environment.
This building will house the administration office, the guest laundry, and the industrial laundry.
The caretaker’s residence under construction.