More than half of the island nation’s 381,000 people live in one of the country’s few public housing developments.
The Rock Island auction property was bought in 2015 by the Australian Government to build affordable housing for low-income people, many of whom live in poverty.
The Government has been working to build housing for people in the Rock Island area for several years, but it hasn’t been without problems.
Key points:The Rock Islands population has increased by almost 100 people since 2015Rock Island is part of the Commonwealth Government’s remote Indigenous land policyA proposal for a new development to replace the Rock Islands development is currently before the Federal Government’s federal planning committeeThe Government is working on plans for a more affordable housing complex and is hoping the new developments will boost the area’s economy.
Rock Island Auction owner Robert and his partner Anne Maria are keen to create a community centre and housing for the Rock Islanders in the community of Maria Island.
Mr Maria said the idea was a long-term project for the community.
“We want to be able to have a place where the people can gather, work, play and enjoy a community environment, and not be isolated,” he said.
“It’s just something that we want to do, and it’s something that our society is really interested in.”‘
I just want to see my children be safe’Mr Marias’ children are all on track to graduate from high school and he wants to be a part of their future.
“The community’s always been really supportive, and the children’s school has always been a really good fit for them,” he explained.
“They’re very, very smart and we want them to get a good education, so we want that to continue.”
The couple is hoping that the new community centre will provide an opportunity for Rock Island residents to get involved with local businesses.
“My main focus right now is the children, but we want more things to happen, so I just want them [to] be safe,” Mr Marias said.
The community centre is being funded by the Rock Institute of Technology, the Rock Centre of Australia and a grant from the Commonwealth.
The couple hope the centre will be open to the public in the coming months.
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