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Re-build efforts gain momentum

Posted: 4 March 2015

The Northern Territory Government is working on recovery efforts to assist communities to return to normal life as soon as possible. For some people this might happen quickly, for others it could take much longer.

On the ground the government is talking with community groups, community leaders and residents to re-establish activities and programs, such as playgroups, sporting activities and aged care programs as soon as possible. 

The Shepherdson College in Galiwinku will re-open tomorrow as planned. Both Milingimbi School and Ramingining School are expected to re-open on Monday.

The temporary emergency accommodation in Galiwinku will open to displaced residents from tomorrow. ‘Camp Elcho’ will provide emergency accommodation to around 300 residents whose homes have been heavily damaged.

This is only an interim solution for a number of weeks. There will be a range of homes that may take months to rebuild because of the extent of damage and the NT Government is looking at other temporary accommodation options for the residents of these homes.

As well as repairing what was destroyed, the government wants to engage with the local communities about their long term visions and aspirations to develop recovery plans in partnership in with the community.

We want residents of the affected communities, represented by Local Authorities and boards, Traditional Owners and community leaders actively contribute to delivery of the rebuilding and redevelopment.

An Arnhem Recovery Information Hotline has been established and will be staffed between 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. For assistance call 1800 457 033.