Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

New housing for APY Land communities

One of the largest communities on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, Amata, has today moved a step closer to having new houses, as part of the Commonwealth Government’s $25 million housing offer to the APY Lands.

Under the package, housing will be provided through a public housing model on land leased for 50 years to the State Government by the APY landowners.

Amata community today gave in principle support to the conditions of the housing package.

This is an important breakthrough for the people of the APY Lands. This momentum must be maintained to provide safe, secure housing to the people of the APY Lands.

The Australian Government is committed to obtaining long-term, secure tenure as soon as possible in order to start building the houses.

The Australian Government is working with the South Australian Government to swiftly respond to the recommendations of the Mullighan inquiry to alleviate the terrible levels of child abuse on the Lands.