At the project’s peak, the Territory Alliance employed more than 750 workers across the sites, and approximately 30% were local Indigenous workers who were given the opportunity to undertake accredited training.
The Territory Alliance shared a strong commitment to the training and employment of Indigenous people with the overall aim of creating a sustainable workforce to manage the on-going maintenance of the housing.
The Territory Alliance also subcontracted to 918 services and suppliers, with 769 from the Northern Territory, and of these companies 52 were Indigenous owned.
Becoming part of the community life in remote areas across the Northern Territory was very important. Workers engaged in local sports teams and festivals, and volunteered to help with barge landings ceremony grounds and community facilities. The workers also offered equipment and help with odd jobs and repairs, cyclone clean-ups and fighting fires, and work experience for local schools.
Stakeholder engagement was also a key component of the project, working closely with the Housing Reference Groups to ensure the planning, design, and scoping of houses and infrastructure were appropriate to each community’s needs.
The Territory Alliance is proud of its achievements and is aware that many of the dedicated staff worked long hours and long days in challenging conditions away from their families, some of them for more than three years.