Liberal National Government working to strengthen regional and remote Aboriginal communities
Talks underway with remote communities in the Kimberley, Goldfields and Pilbara
The Liberal National Government has begun talking with remote Aboriginal communities in the West Kimberley, Goldfields and East Pilbara about the priorities for regional services reform.
Announcing the start of consultation in the Goldfields today, Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said this latest stage in the regional services reform followed months of engagement with Aboriginal leaders and other stakeholders, leading to the release of the roadmap in July.
"The reform unit is looking specifically at how living conditions, housing and family wellbeing can be improved in each community, as well as increased opportunities for education and employment," Ms Mitchell said.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, who is in the East Pilbara this week to talk to residents, said consultation would help the State Government respond to specific regional and local needs.
"Consultation with Aboriginal people, communities and organisations is essential if the directions outlined in the Resilient Families; Strong Communities roadmap are to be successful," Mr Redman said.
"Knowing the unique circumstances of each community will enable us to improve housing, education, employment and human services for Aboriginal families living remotely."
Discussions have also recently been held with Aboriginal leaders in Bidyadanga, south of Broome, and the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, marking the start of on-the-ground consultation with all remote communities in Western Australia about the reform roadmap.
Consultation will expand into the Fitzroy Valley, East Kimberley and West Pilbara this month and is expected to begin in the Mid-West later in the year.
The roadmap sets out 10 actions the Government will take in partnership with Aboriginal people to strengthen families, improve living conditions, increase job prospects and accelerate student progress at school.
Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 5400
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700