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Wed 21 December, 2016

Ten remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia are set to receive upgrades to power, water and municipal services in an historic move to improve living conditions for Aboriginal people.

The communities in the Kimberley and Pilbara will be the first of the State’s larger communities to participate in a long-term program to progressively bring basic services up to minimum standards.

Wed 14 December, 2016

More than 20 schools across the Kimberley are set to participate in a $25 million regional services reform initiative to improve school achievement among Aboriginal students.

The Kimberley Schools Project will support principals and teachers to deliver teaching tailored to the needs of local Aboriginal students.

“This three year initiative will strengthen the education of children in the Kimberley, particularly Aboriginal children,” Minister for Education Peter Collier said.

Thu 1 December, 2016

A major regional services reform initiative to boost employment and economic opportunities for Aboriginal people in regional Western Australia is expected to generate hundreds of jobs over time.

The Aboriginal Regional Employment Package will change the way the public sector recruits staff, awards contracts and buys goods and services by introducing mandatory regional targets.

Wed 2 November, 2016

More economic opportunities for Aboriginal people in regional and remote Western Australia has emerged as a major theme of the State Government’s consultation with remote Aboriginal communities.

Visiting the Kimberley today, Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman said on-the-ground consultation to discuss the regional services reform roadmap was a good way for communities to share their vision of the future and for government to consider how that vision could be supported.

Thu 20 October, 2016

Aboriginal advisors from the Kimberley and Pilbara met with Premier Colin Barnett this week to discuss the progress of major reforms to improve the lives of Aboriginal people in regional and remote Western Australia.

The Strategic Regional Advisory Council members were in Perth with other council members, including State reform leader Grahame Searle and State and Commonwealth Government representatives, to review the reform’s achievements and priorities.

Fri 23 September, 2016

More than 300 Aboriginal people from across the Pilbara, Murchison and Gascoyne regions converged on Yule River yesterday to discuss regional services reform.

Hosted by Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation, the third annual Yule River on-country meeting was attended by traditional owners, Aboriginal corporations and State and federal government representatives.

Regional Services Reform Unit director Chad Stewart said discussions at the meeting focused on continuing collaboration between government and Aboriginal people.

Tue 13 September, 2016

Better living conditions and economic development for remote Aboriginal communities were the focus of an information forum held in South Hedland today.

The forum at the Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre was hosted by the Regional Services Reform Unit to discuss the Resilient Families; Strong Communities roadmap and what it means for the Pilbara.

More than 20 representatives from the government and non-government sectors attended, including local Aboriginal organisations.

Fri 9 September, 2016

Four Aboriginal organisations in the Kimberley are working alongside the State Government to consult with remote Aboriginal communities about regional services reform.

Miriuwung Gajerrong Aboriginal Corporation and Wunan Foundation will assist with community consultation in the East Kimberley; Aarnja in the West Kimberley; and Fitzroy Valley Futures in the Fitzroy Valley.

Employees of the local organisations will travel with the Regional Services Reform Unit to attend and facilitate meetings with community leaders and residents.

Fri 26 August, 2016

The Regional Services Reform Unit has begun talking with remote Aboriginal communities in the West Kimberley and Goldfields about the priorities for regional services reform.

Discussions have 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.

Fri 19 August, 2016

More than 200 remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia will be able to have basic emergency plumbing repairs done by visiting environmental health officers.

The changes to the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 will enable communities to have broken or faulty plumbing, such as blocked toilets and leaking taps, fixed faster.

State reform leader Grahame Searle said the changes had been championed by the Regional Services Reform Unit as a significant step towards improving living conditions for Aboriginal people living remotely.

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