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‘Desperately’ needed Katherine housing an election issue: NT Shelter

Katherine Times

Journalist: Sarah Matthews.

The NT’s peak body for housing is calling on the incoming federal government to build more social and affordable housing for Katherine as a part of a national strategy.

NT Shelter chief executive Mr McMillan said Katherine was in urgent need of more social housing, with hundreds of families currently on the waitlist.

“We remain very concerned about the lack of new housing that’s coming online,” he said.

“We’ve got a waitlist at the moment of 535 families waiting for a home in Katherine and the wait times aren’t getting any shorter, they’re now up around six to eight years.”

Mr McMillan said the shortage of social housing in places like Katherine should be a major talking point at the upcoming federal election.

“Advocates across Australia in this space are asking for the major parties to have a plan that will see more social and affordable housing built through a national housing strategy,” he said.

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