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Open for Business but at What Cost? Housing issues in 'boomtown' Darwin

Ennis, Gretchen, Tofa, Matalena and Finlayson, Mary (2014). Open for Business but at What Cost? Housing issues in 'boomtown' Darwin. Australian Geographer,45(4):447-464.

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Title Open for Business but at What Cost? Housing issues in 'boomtown' Darwin
Author Ennis, Gretchen
Tofa, Matalena
Finlayson, Mary
Journal Name Australian Geographer
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 45
Issue Number 4
ISSN 0004-9182   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84908155551
Start Page 447
End Page 464
Total Pages 18
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Routledge
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract The Greater Darwin area has long experienced high housing costs and high rates of homelessness. Into this already stressed housing context have come large-scale, natural resource development projects, which are predicted to bring thousands of new workers to town, and exciting property investor interest. While many view these developments as positive, there is concern about the impacts upon the most vulnerable members of the population. This paper presents the findings of a qualitative research project exploring current housing issues in the Greater Darwin area. Interviews with housing support service providers and real estate agents reveal that the current population and investment growth have exacerbated longstanding housing issues. Increased housing stress in Darwin, and a myopic focus on rapid economic growth, may disenfranchise current residents and undermine service and support industries. We argue that while there may be some economic benefits from a ‘booming’ Darwin, greater planning and partnership between government, community organisations and corporates is required to ensure the benefits are spread across the population. Unfortunately, the Northern Territory government's dilatory approach to both housing issues and the social costs of the resources boom makes it highly unlikely innovative partnerships will occur.
Keywords Darwin
Boomtown
Housing services
Real estate
Housing affordability
Housing availability
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00049182.2014.953732   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
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