By ERWIN CHLANDA
The seemingly random acquisition of homes around the town for government welfare purposes is a growing concern for residents.
Overcrowding, stabbings, rowdy parties and children breaking into neighbouring homes are some of the problems locals are complaining about.
Included are dwellings for children “in care”, bail accommodation for youths and 12 houses for renal patients moving to town from bush for dialysis.
These are in Larapinta (4), Gillen (4), Braitling (2), East Side (1) and The Gap (1).
The “Central Australian Renal Accommodation – Alice Springs and Tennant Creek” program dates back to 2015, was launched mid-last year and all houses are now occupied, according to a spokewoman.
But it is likely that more homes will be needed for the program. Says the government prospectus: The demand for renal services “is expected to continue to grow significantly over the next 20 years.
“Many renal patients who reside in remote communities are required to relocate to urban areas once they reach end stage kidney disease, where they are able to access daily treatment and clinical support.
“Currently there are limited social housing options available in Tennant Creek and Alice Springs that offer a family centric environment in which patients are able to reside for the duration of their treatment for end stage kidney disease with their families.”
Because the dwellings need to be “family centric” they usually have three bedrooms and there is a never ending sequence of a large number of visitors, according to a resident speaking with the Alice Springs News Online. The resident says numerous complaints have been made to government authorities.
We put the following question to the Department of Health: “Have there been complaints from nearby residents about unruly behaviour, noise, overcrowding and late night disturbances in those houses? If so, what’s being done about these?”
We have not received a response.
We are asking Dale Wakefield, the only government front-bencher in The Centre, for comment.
Uproar over welfare houses
By ERWIN CHLANDA