Residential Real Estate Sub-division

About this project

Historically there has always been a shortage of housing for essential workers on Groote with the flow on effect being vacant positions including age care facilities, schools and the hospitals.

GHAC are in the process of developing a large residential development to house these essential workers plus to provide accommodation for the workers, and their families, require to operate the many commercial activities.

Developing a new residential estate is an important component for the success of the LDMA and the Future Groote economy.

A new estate offering a range of appealing housing styles and residential amenities comparable to other regional centers across Australia will help attract and retain critical workers and their families to the Groote Archipelago.

Critically, the main demand from Government departments is for health sector employees.  Like many Indigenous communities, the Anindilyakwa are faced with chronic health issues that require ongoing medical care. The Government has not formally quantified its demand requirements, but it is expected to be in the order of 21 FTE workers. Demand for quality housing will also come from professionals seeking work opportunities in jobs covered by the LDMA implementation plans, the functions of an Anindilyakwa Local Government and career positions with any of the Future Groote initiatives.

Existing GEMCO-owned housing in the mining township of Alyangula are old structures with many containing asbestos and needing substantial repair and modernising. The future of these properties and the township itself post-GEMCO is uncertain, but it is likely that many will be demolished.  Planning must commence now to meet the urgent short-term accommodation shortfall while putting in place measures to grow the housing estate to align with future needs.

Located about halfway between the existing township of Alyangula and the proposed Harbour the Little Paradise Residential Estate subdivision is well placed to service the local communities, commercial enterprises on the mainland, the future mine on Akwamburrkba and the independent school on Bickerton Island.

Building the number of permanent houses to the standard envisaged by GHAC may take upward of two or three years. With the need to house a significant number of health workers in the short term, GHAC is considering the use of 10 modular-style buildings installed on approximately 1ha of the estate. Largely self sufficient with minimal carbon impact, each unit will have their own solar array with battery backup and generator and will be robust enough to endure the region’s climatic conditions. Grey water will be fully utilised via a secondary wastewater treatment facility. Local timber can be sourced to extend verandas on the houses creating external living areas suited to the tropics.

These housing modules can be repurposed and/or repositioned later as more suitable and larger, long-term housing is constructed on the estate.

Traditional Owner business opportunities

Rental management and maintenance by Anindilyakwa Housing.

Residential Real Estate