$53-million on ‘Housing Revolution’ – Austrie

Austrie

The Dominica government has already spent more than EC$53-million on a key housing programme known as the Housing Revolution.

That’s what Housing Minister Reginald Austrie told parliament on Friday.

The minister also indicated that the government was trying to spend another $10 million through the AID Bank, “to give public officers a further opportunity, because we had already given some $12 million to the Government Housing Loans Board for on-lending to its members, public officers”.

He said public officers have been taking advantage of that opportunity that allows them to get loans at five per cent.

According to the minister, this reflects the government’s wish “to take care of its public officers”.

On the question of housing in the country in general, Austrie told parliament that the Labour Party government found that there were five thousand houses that were in need of repair when it came into office.

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28 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    February 21, 2012

    How much did you spend on the elderly in your Constitueccy?Have you noticed that some of the houses they live in need some kind of renovation .You keep promsing a few of them for the past five years .This is how you represent .Look out next election Iam coming for you .You have exploited my people long enough .We in the North had enough of your lies.No respect for the people in the North that vote you into Government.How on Earth YOU SPEND ALL THIS MONEY AND THE NORTH GOT NONE?LIAR ,LIAR LIAR.

  2. I love my PM
    February 21, 2012

    I mean I go High school and eat my bout-cida but these figures don’t make sense at all. Now housing revolution should not be just for public officers I paying tax too and I need house too. So Mr. Austrie tell me public officers alone that vote last election nah? Besides that where was the housing pie distributed nah because 6 sheets of Plywood and 5 sheets of galvanize can not cost that much.
    The Minister of Finance should fire Austrie for saying these figures in parliament. what happen your neck get so big it blocking blood flow to your brain because not even a person that get a stroke can make these figures make sense in a population of 60 thousand plus when only 1000 new households were recorded in the last census.
    Ediat man….shame on you I guess proper was right on spot with is calypso this year cause the Goodwill minister still building one for his constituent above Woodbridge bay port…Rayburn one in Jimmit we will have to ask the other ministers where housing money go………..

  3. ineedfree
    February 19, 2012

    500 HOUSES WITH LIGHTS, WATER, TOILET AND A GOOD YARD….HAS BECOME AN ILLUSION EVEN FOR THE SUPPORTERS.

    MISGUIDED LEADERS WHO MISGUIDE THE PEOPLE :cry: :mrgreen: :?:

  4. Devoted Dominican
    February 19, 2012

    AUSTRIE,
    YOU CAN EITHER BE A FOLLOWER OR A LEADER. AND TO US ALL YOU ARE NEITHER ONE. BEFORE YOU TALK ABOUT HOUSING, FIRST TAKE A LOOK AT ALL OF THE INCOMPLETE UNOCCUPIED,GOOD HOUSES THAT ARE STANDING IN CHANCE. HOUSES THAT CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE TO LOTS OF PEOPLE, BUT BECAUSE YOU MAKE THE UNEDUCATED DECISIONS AS TO FILTER UNTRUE STORIES IN PEOPLE’S MIND, YOU THINK THAT IS ALL THAT NEED TO BE DONE AS A MINISTER. WRONG SIR, FOR WE NEED SOMEONE BETTER THAN YOU AND YOUR LIES.

  5. February 18, 2012

    This is absolutely nonsensical and whoever believes this is completely crazy! how can a government spend 53million ec dollars on housing development for a country that only has 72000 (or there abouts) people living in it? you understand what that means? let me put this into perspective:

    EC$ 53,000,000 / 72000 people = EC$ 731,000 PER RESIDENT OF DOMINICA.

    if the government honestly spend 53 million on housing, every single resident in dominica should be living in a house worth upwards of half a million dollars.

    total BS they feeding people!

    • Anonymous
      February 19, 2012

      You do not have respect for decimal points or what? You cannot see yours in the wrong place?

    • February 20, 2012

      Apologies – I copied and pasted the results from an online calculator & never double checked it – my mistake.

      the people who are smart got what i was aiming for – even if it costs you $100,000 to build ONE house, for 53 MILLION dollars, you can easily build 530 houses.

      where are the 530 houses they build with 53 million????????????

      now this time i KNOW the calculations are correct!

  6. tell us the truth
    February 18, 2012

    Austrie, how much did you spend on the building you erected south of the Melville hall airport for this female friend of yours that’s employed in the ministrie? Is that from the $53 Million? I know you had to spend a good amount on electricity since Domlec only had high voltage there. Since you start to tell us just go ahead and give an honest report mr minister.

  7. yoyo
    February 17, 2012

    one thing I have come to realize is that whenever a fact is evident against the labor party, their supporters usually shout their mouth and say nothing.However, if it is something that is not transparent to see they jump all over intelligent and truthful matters just to defend their government. It tells me that these supporters are just bias and usually sing for their supper. Why none are supporting the minister? Why are none directing us to the construction which has taken place? Why are non saying that they have been employed due to this 53 million which has been spend in the construction boost? They cannot support this liar, because shit has been spend on the constructing any housing projects. In my opinion, those labor supporters are full of bull crap.

  8. ONE STONE
    February 17, 2012

    You useless, jealousy full of hate hungry black people. Why don’t you all find a life in way of thinking positively on ways to develop all you lives instead of worrying of who get what from whom. I wonder if it was all you getting whatever it is all you claim that others are getting if you all wouldn’t take it and be glad to have it and support who giving it to you all. What is the problem really? God himself did so much and it still wasn’t enough so what else can i say other than we can’t fix. What is to come is more bad news, grudge, hate and war. Each individual always tries to remove theirself from what is going on in society while ignorant of the fact thay they contribute alot to why things are the way they are. Yes you there! You and me are the reason why things are the way they are then why blame others without first blaming you? My daily thinking everytime i wake is today is another day that am going to make my life better with hopes also that my community and my world will be better, wishful thinking maybe or maybe am naive but it’s my daily wish. I am Dominica are you?

  9. HARLEM
    February 17, 2012

    $ 53 000 000 DIVIED by 21 constuencies is
    $ 2 523 852 per constuency !

    WHATEVER !

    WHAT D FATHER HEAD !

    IM CALLING FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO CONDUCT A COMPREHENSIVE AUDIT OF THE HOUSING REVOLUTION AND INFORM THE PUBLIC OF SUCH A DETAILED REPORT.

    WE SPEAK ABOUT ACOUNTABILITY PUT THE FACTS ON THE TABLE

    WE ARE ALSO CALLING ON THE PARLIAMENTARY OPPOSITION TO MAKE THEMSELVES USEFUL AND AS THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSIION IS CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE GARCON GET DOWN TO SERIOUS BUSINESS AND DO THE PEOPLES WORK.

    WE WANT A COMPREHENSIVE DETAILED BREAKDOWN WHO HAD BEEN HELPED IN WHAT WAYS WHEN AND HOW MUCH MONEY/MATERIALS WERE SPENT ETC AND ALSO WHO WAS ASSISTED AND IN WHAT PART OF THE ISLAND ETC

    US THAT ASKING FOR TOO MUCH

    IF IT MEANS AT THE END OF THE DAY HEADS WILL HAVE TO ROLL SO BE IT

  10. HARLEM
    February 17, 2012

    PLEASE minister tell me how much of that HOUSING REVOLUTION came into NEWTOWN or the Rososouth cunstituency ?

    All Labourites who are reading this do ask HON Reginald Austrie to take a tour of the Roseau South To get first hand information on the expenditures or lack thereof on the Housing revolution in Roseau South raod by road street by street block by block hill by hill ghetto by ghetto hamlet by hamlet walk with your technicans parliamentary secretary and get the TRUE STORY—THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

    That is not POLITICS for I am a big labourite but trust me I doh see housing rvo in our region maybe i need glasses from castro or chavez but i aint alone its a blasted shame….some people say that its only a house in Queens of the hill that there may be evidence of Housing revolution…..its as if its a tower of babel thats being built !

  11. pablo
    February 17, 2012

    thanks for the great job in this housing revolution.I lived in an area where some of my neighbours really needed help with their houses.This was done and it definitely enhanced and improve their living conditions.And the strange thing is one of them is not a supporter of the labour party.Wonderful job.

  12. ME R
    February 17, 2012

    THE WOMMAN IN POTTERS VILLE HAVE THE BIGGEST MOUTH BECAUSE SHE IS SHOWING GRATITUDE, NO ONE ELSE COULD DO IT FOR HER.WHEN JESUS HEALED THE SICK, DIDN`T HE SAY GO TELL EVERYONE? BE REALISTIC MY PEOPLE AND PLEASE STOP HATING EACH OTHER, THIS IS CHARITY (LOVE) WHICH IS GREATER THAN FAITH AND HOPE. KEEP LOVING `CAUSE THAT`S WHAT WE CAN TAKE TO HEAVEN, KEEP LOVING EACH OTHER!

  13. Gee
    February 17, 2012

    *************RIDICULOUS*************

    “This reflects government’s wish to take care of its public officers”???? It should government’s wish to care of ALL Dominicans especially in that respect. That’s what government wish should be.

    Why should public officers get a special rate at the expense of the rest of us tax payers!!! That’s like a BRIBE in return for special favours from these officers. That’s why many officers look the other way when things are being done wrong. They remember who gave them that “special rate”!!

  14. Nation
    February 17, 2012

    I haven seen that on the ground.

  15. Amen
    February 17, 2012

    How can people with basic common sense bite onto this housing revolution crap. A housing revolution (53 million dollars) should have spill over effects that the economy should be riding on right now. Every time these guys talk about a housing revolution it makes me angry. What is even more insulting is that they have been bragging about this housing revolution for the last 5 years. Other than a few charitable homes built by the Chavez gift show us the impact of the “housing revolution.” The construction industry is yet to show any improvement for the last 12 years. The closest we came to a housing boom was back in the mid 80’s to early 90’s. I can attest to that because this is my area of expertise.
    This government for the last 5 years have been talking about a housing revolution yet young trades men had to migrate to Anguilla and Antigua in search of jobs; the business places selling building material did not go into a hiring blitz, architects, draftsmen, engineers, contractors cannot say that they made money. The few cabalist who were micromanaging the Chavez pink houses are the only ones who made money on the Chavez dollar. Mr Austrie must present to us the concrete proof that we had a housing revolution. These guys must stop this crap and deal with reality. Unless they do so we the people will continue to suffer the consequences of an administration to brash, ignorant and arrogant to deal with the real situation on the island.

    • me
      February 17, 2012

      YOU FORGET TO AD THAT WHEN U GO TO GOVERNMENT OFICERS TO GET A SMALL CONTRACT TO DO SOME BUILDING TO AT LEAST PUT SOME MONEY IN UR POCKET THEY ASKGIN U HOW MUCH MONEY U PAYIGN THEM EVERY MONTH FOR THEM TO GIVE U THE CONTRACT if u want a contract they want a cut in it to

  16. bone
    February 17, 2012

    haha. They giving us something to distract from all the news!

  17. vip
    February 17, 2012

    it seems as though is one set that get in that money.i have not seen an increase in construction going on and every young person that work in cionstruction complaining there is no work. money not circulating.

  18. Free Thinker
    February 17, 2012

    Really? This is quite a figure, could the public get a break down Hon. Minister? this would be greatly appreciated.

  19. Anonymous
    February 17, 2012

    marginalisation of public officer who have one house and to build another so their kids will not go red clinic.

  20. hmmmmm
    February 17, 2012

    so what? thats you all job. why boast it? move on to another issue

    • Anonymous
      February 17, 2012

      is not that alone nuh … ask them how many people really benefit from that ….especially public officers

      most of that money go into fixing their supporters house like the woman in potters ville roof they fix and she have the biggest mouth in support of them

    • True patriot
      February 17, 2012

      all u blue always angry about everything people say!

      • hmmmmm
        February 17, 2012

        you are the one angry

      • Anonymous
        February 18, 2012

        hello i am not blue …. this is the truth … and nothing but the truth …. about thirty houses built in sen joe area …. how many are occpied?

    • Grandbay/ T savanne
      February 17, 2012

      y dont YOU move on???

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