The Alice Springs Transformation Plan continues to focus on reducing homelessness with work progressing on the Apmere Mwerre Visitor Park, Percy Court, The Lodge and Salvation Army Men’s Hostel. These facilities are expected to open in the beginning of 2011.
Exterior and interior view of a cabin at Apmere Mwerre Visitor Park, Alice Springs
AECOM Australia Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to develop a master plan for Ilpeye-Ilpeye. The master plan will set out the future direction for the town camp, which will include residential development, open space, common areas and infrastructure. AECOM staff will work closely with the residents and are drafting storyboards as a means of explaining home ownership options, including renting and tenancy management.
Eight new houses have been completed involving Larapinta Valley, Hidden Valley, Little Sisters, Walpiri and Trucking Yards and construction has commenced on a further ten houses, including two duplexes each at Morris Soak and Trucking Yards.
House construction underway at Larapinta Valley
A total of 21 rebuilds have been completed with four in progress at Morris Soak, Trucking Yards and Hidden Valley. Completed refurbishments include one each at Palmers, Trucking Yards and Ilparpa with a further two started at Trucking Yards.
Preparing for a new house
Territory Alliance has begun consultation with the residents of town camps regarding infrastructure works which will include upgrades to roads, street lighting and utilities.
The Ready and Willing for School program has employed a psychologist and family support worker. Program personnel have begun liaising with preschools in order to implement the program.
A four week Alice Springs Transformation Plan marketing campaign was completed on 3 November 2010. In addition to the campaign, radio advertisements in four Indigenous languages promoted the opening of the new Apmere Mwerre Visitor Park for three weeks.