Eight new houses have now been constructed and tenanted under the Alice Springs Transformation Plan. During July construction commenced on a further two new houses in Morris Soak.
Above: The floor plan of the new duplexes.
On 10 July 2010 Minister Jenny Macklin announced that the Alice Springs Women's Shelter will be funded by the Alice Springs Transformation Pan to employ outreach workers over three years.
Minister Macklin explained that the outreach workers will help to 'extend current services, providing women and children with individualised safety plans, as well as assistance to access other services, including Centrelink, family support services, legal and counselling services'.
The Australian Government and the Northern Territory Government are working together to implement a Personal Helpers and Mentors Service (PHaMS) site in Alice Springs. The scheme, funded through FaHCSIA and the Alice Springs Transformation Plan, aims to help people better manage daily activities and reconnect to their communities.
The Alice Springs PHaMS site will have a particular focus on helping people with a mental health condition live independently as public housing tenants, or assist people who are homeless to obtain housing. The service will provide referrals and links with appropriate support services and chart progress against each participant's individual recovery plan. The PHaMS service provider for Alice Springs is expected to be appointed later this year.
Construction of the Apmere Mwerre Visitor Park (pronounced "upmura moora" meaning "good place" in Arrernte) continues to progress. Apmere Mwerre Visitor Park is designed to provide short-term accommodation for up to 150 people and is due to open in November 2010. The facility will be a combination of self-contained units, cabins and tents. Apmere Mwerre Visitor Park will also provide facilities for people sleeping in swags.
The construction of the transitional accommodation facility at Percy Court is under way. Blockwork has commenced and the concrete slab was poured on 10 July 2010. Percy Court will provide short-term supported accommodation and offer support and training for the development of urban living skills.
Above: The newly commenced blockwork at Percy Court.
Above: The Percy Court short-term accommodation facility currently under construction.
At Percy Court clients will be assisted to learn life skills to help them transition into public or private tenancies. The transitional accommodation centre will accommodate clients in one, three and four bedroom units.
Refurbishment of The Lodge in Bath Street commenced on 27 July 2010. The Lodge will provide 35 rooms to accommodate patients undertaking renal treatment.