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The Cyclone Recovery Team is now focussing on rebuilding affected communities

Posted: 26 February 2015

The Territory Government’s Recovery Team is now focusing on the long term rebuild of communities most affected by Tropical Cyclone Lam last week.

The redevelopment phase will focus on rebuilding Galiwinku, Milingimbi, Gapiwiyak, Raminging and surrounding outstations. The plan will have particular emphasis on engagement and consultation with local communities to deliver infrastructure and services that best suit each community’s needs.

This will be an opportunity to deliver community-based outcomes for the affected region and create jobs and opportunities for local businesses.

Appropriate engagement with relevant stakeholders and community leaders will be an important and necessary part of the reconstruction process.

Local Redevelopment Committees in each affected community will be established by the Territory Government, consisting of Traditional Owners, community leaders, Local Authorities, local businesses and organisations supported by an on-the-ground Local Redevelopment Coordinator.

Instead of just repairing exactly what was destroyed, we would like to engage with the local communities about their long term visions and aspirations

In the meantime,a short-term emergency accommodation camp will be established at Galiwinku on Elcho Island this weekend, to house residents whose homes who were heavily damaged during the cyclone.

The camp will consist of heavy duty shelters that can safely accommodate up to 300 residents over the short term as an immediate solution while homes are repaired.

We are looking at other temporary accommodation options such as demountables for those residents whose homes may take time to rebuild.  

The Northern Territory Government has established an Arnhem Recovery information hotline. It will be staffed between 8am and 6pm. Members of the public with general enquiries can call 1800 457 033 or email security.dcm@nt.gov.au