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More home ownership opportunities for Indigenous communities – My Sunshine Coast

21 February 2014

Indigenous communities will now have greater opportunities for home ownership in Queensland with new laws coming into effect today.

Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Holding Act 2013 would resolve glitches in the now repealed Land Holding Act 1985, which prevented one third of applications from being finalised.

“The Newman Government is delivering on its election commitment to remove the barriers that prevent sustainable home ownership opportunities for Indigenous communities,” Mr Cripps said.

“While the 1985 Act was the first step in delivering homeownership in Indigenous communities, it contained inadequacies which hindered the delivery of important social housing, the transfer of land and home ownership in Indigenous communities.

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