Community housing for the Groote Archipelago, managed by and for, Anindilyakwa people.
Anindilyakwa Housing Aboriginal Corporation (AHAC) was established in 2018 to facilitate decision making by Anindilyakwa people in respect of the ownership, location, design, and occupation of community housing across the Groote Archipelago.
This includes the communities of Angurugu, Umbakumba, Milyakburra, and Satellite communities of Malkala, Bartalumba Bay, Little Paradise, Four Mile, Thompsons Bay, Emerald River, Salt Lake, and Yenbakwa.
AHAC works with a variety of stakeholders including the Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities, Anindilyakwa Land Council, The Fulcrum Agency, HealthHabitat, and local contractors, GEBIE Civil & Construction and Aminjarrinja Enterprises Aboriginal Corporation.
AHAC have partnered with Health Habitat and local service providers to deliver the Housing for Health program across all Groote Archipelago community houses. The Housing for Health program focus is to provide a healthy living environment by addressing the 9 Healthy Living Practices.
The Housing for Health Program was scheduled to commence in early 2020 however was delayed due to COVID-19. We hope to begin the program in Milyakburra in early 2021.
More Information on the Housing for Health Project is available on the Health Habitat website.
AHAC commenced provision of Homelands Services to 40 houses in the communities of Bartalumba Bay, Little Paradise, Malkala, Emerald River, Yenbakwa, Leskie Pools, Thompson Bay, Salt Lake and Four Mile in July 2020. The services provided include housing maintenance and municipal services.
This survey is intended to gather information with the tenant on the AHAC Housing Program and the new AHAC Housing that has been built on Groote Eylandt, part of this is a consultation with the tenant during the design process where they can choose colours, kitchen design, floor colours, store room location.
Here are some pics of one of our lovely, proud, new tenants Velisha with Serena our Tenancy Support Officer, completing the tenant feedback survey.
👩💻Introducing this lovely new face to the maintenance team! Everyone meet Veronica aka V 👋🏿👋🏼
Veronica is our incredible 'Maintenance Support Officer', she is based mostly in the AHAC Angurugu Office and works closely with Dave our Maintenance Supervisor getting invoices and work orders processed. 🐝She is a super busy bee around here, and there is never a dull moment with her happy face in the office.
In V's spare time you'll often find her spending time with her family👨👩👧 out exercising 🏃♀️or curled up reading a book📖
Keep your eye out and say hello to V next time you're in the AHAC Office 👋🏿☺️
🌟Arleen is, as mentioned above, an absolute superstar member of our team here at AHAC. That isn't her official job title, she is actually our 'Administration Officer', but that does not even begin to explain all the things she does behind the scenes. From processing copious amounts of paperwork, to all our ordering and logistics she is a super valued and hard working member of our team!💻🖨📞🗂 Arleen's hobbies include hang out with friends and going out for dinner, playing soccer, watching movies, cooking and exploring new places.
Many of you will have had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful face, and for those who have not, meet Cherelle.
Cherelle is our one of a kind Chariperson. Cherelle has worked as a Community Housing Officer on Groote Eylandt for 4 years. In her role as Community Housing Officer, Cherelle was responsible for conducting inspections of houses, assisting with the tenancy management services such as rent payments and tenancy agreements, and maintenance issues. Cherelle is currently Director of Yimundumanja Aboriginal Corporation, Anindilyakwa Employee Futures Fund Aboriginal Corporation and Winchelsea Island Pty Ltd. Cherelle is currently a board member for Anindilyakwa Land Council and Anindilyakwa Services Aboriginal Corporation and is a future elder and representative for Wurrawilya Clan.
Cherelle is a very busy lady, when she is not working, she enjoys camping and fishing with her family and loves looking after her dogs.
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A huge thank you to Aminjarinja Enterprise for their fantastic work on the road out to 4 Mile. Our Homelands families and our AHAC Fuel Run team have a far safer drive to and from 4 Mile 👏🏼 Great work!
👩💻Liz is our amazingly hard working Tenancy Coordinator. Liz started at AHAC in November 2020. In her role she works closely with the Tenancy Liason Officers and Housing reference group members to conduct Housing Inspections, raise maintenance requests and assist with housing allocations.
Liz is an avid animal lover and loves spending her spare time with her husband and two boys exploring the Eylandt. 👨👩👦👦🐶🐢🐬🐍
🤐Its no secret that our team is growing rapidly and in order to provide the best service to the families of our communities we are expanding and opening 2 new offices! This means we will have a staffed office in Angurugu, Umbakumba AND Milyukaburra! 🎉👏🏿
📸Here are some happy snaps of our team working hard, setting up and putting together our new office in Umbakumba! 🛠
👀Watch this space for more updates and our official office openings!🎈