Aboriginal home ownership scheme launched

Up to 12,000 residents currently renting homes located on sixty three former Aboriginal reserves in NSW will be given the opportunity to buy their homes under a new scheme being jointly funded by the federal government and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council. Most homes are on community owned land, and before they can be purchased the land has to be subdivided. The new funding will cover the costs of surveying the land and conveyancing. The NSW Aboriginal Land Council has begun to work with local Aboriginal Land Councils to explain the benefits of the subdivision project and to get agreement to subdivide their land in accordance with the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983. Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin, said the NSW northwest region would get priority. Thirty three per cent of Aboriginal people in NSW either own or are paying off their own home according to the 2006 census.

Source: The Australian