Army engineers build houses in Titjikala


Sir – Australian Army personnel from the 6th Engineer Support Regiment (6ESR) are building homes in Titjikala, about 100 kms south of Alice Springs, as part of the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Programme.
Engineers and tradesmen are constructing four duplexes housing which will help reduce overcrowding within existing community houses.
The AACAP contingent are living and working in the Titjikala area from June to mid October 2015.
AACAP is a collaborative partnership between the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and the Australian Army. It aims to improve environmental health and living conditions in remote Indigenous communities.
p2267-army-titjikala-1Resourcing of each project is shared between PM&C, which provides up to $6 million per project, and the Army, which contributes significant personnel and equipment resources to deliver the works.
Major Chris Sampson
Contingent Commander


  1. Where are all the indigenous people, one would think that they would be there helping?
    For there are plenty of people on sit down money.
    People need to help themselves, not sit back and let everyone else do it.
    If they want white man’s houses they need to start helping them build them. Are they disabled or just plain lazy?

  2. @ Fred the Philistine: Please hold your horses and talk facts.
    What is AACAP?
    The Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program is a co-operative initiative between the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA) and Army to improve environmental health conditions within remote Aboriginal communities.
    One project is undertaken in one remote community each calendar year. For each of the projects there is a construction component, a health component and a training component. Take note: TRAINING COMPONENT!
    Could you build a house if you are not a builder?
    The construction component focuses on the provision of environmental health infrastructure such as housing, water, sewerage and electrical services as well as improving access to primary health care facilities by constructing or upgrading roads and airfields.
    The health component focuses on augmenting existing community medical, dental and veterinary programs.
    The training component focuses on specific skills required within the community and includes courses on construction and building maintenance, vehicle and small engine maintenance, welding, concreting and cooking.

  3. Fred, you need to spend some time on a community instead of throwing rocks. Maybe, you could build an aged-care facility.


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