HOUSING IN DARWIN … I DO NOT UNDERSTAND
MAYBE someone in Lands and Housing can help me understand a perplexing juxtaposition.
. On the one hand, there is a waiting list of up top eight years for public housing in Darwin and its suburbs.
. On the other hand, there are vacant houses EVERYWHERE in the suburbs.
In our area alone, and that is within 400 metres of where we are, there are three vacant houses. Public Sector housing. One of the houses had, in my estimation, $35,000 spent on renovation after it had been unoccupied for many months. A family moved in. After six or seven months they moved out. That was close to eighteen months ago. The house is still vacant.
The other houses have been vacant for less time but they ARE vacant.
A slowish drive around Darwin’s OLDER Northern Suburbs reveals many, many houses are vacant. Unoccupied housing quickly deteriorates and yards go to rack and ruin. That is precisely what is happening.
Surely in a small city like Darwin, such issues should not arise.
WHY DOES THIS PROBLEM EXIST?