I’d like to welcome everyone today and thank you all for showing interest in this new and exciting housing program. You have all made a great decision in coming here today in interest to invest.
First I’ll start off by introducing myself. My name is William Minns and I have worked at Remote Living for 7 years now as chief designer and building schemes sub-manager. I’ve also taken a keen interest in Indigenous culture and have witnessed the dreadful conditions that some Aboriginal families have to live in in remote communities. Some children are living below the poverty line in over-crowded and malfunctioning housing situations. I don’t think you can fully appreciate the full extent of the housing problem in remote communities until you…show more content… Why should you invest in a program like ours?
To start off with, I’ll delve into the world of statistics which will allow you to develop a background on the topic. Did you know that approximately 16,000 Indigenous persons will be homeless tonight? The Australian Bureau of Statistics have concluded through research that an Indigenous child born between 2010 and 2012 will have a life expectancy 10 years less compared to a non-Indigenous child. The ABS also found that an Indigenous person is four times as like to be admitted into hospital for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, three times higher for influenza and pneumonia, and nearly twice as high for asthma compared to a non-Indigenous person. In remote areas, 53% to 63% of Indigenous households live in overcrowding. In an independent study in NSW, of the 4,343 houses surveyed, only a measly 11% passed the national standard of safety. Architect Paul Pholeros stated that 60% of housing problems stem from poor maintenance and 25% from poor initial construction (CreativeSpirits, 2014). Personally, I don’t think it is fair that the custodians of this land should be subjected to such low standards of living and wellbeing. The link between housing and general wellbeing is the key. With a properly constructed home, the overall wellbeing of someone increases.
I’m sure you all