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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.

Wed 27 July, 2016

Town-based reserves across Western Australia are set to be transformed as part of the State Government’s regional services reform.

The Government plans to progressively improve the living conditions of almost 3,000 Aboriginal people living on town-based reserves near 20 regional towns across the State.

The work is beginning in the Pilbara, with $20 million allocated to consult with the 320 residents of eight town-based reserves about a better future for their communities.

Thu 14 July, 2016

The Regional Services Reform Unit has released a roadmap outlining major reforms to the delivery of housing, education, employment and human services for Aboriginal people in regional and remote Western Australia.

The ‘Resilient Families; Strong Communities’ roadmap sets out 10 priority actions the State Government will take within two years in partnership with Aboriginal people to strengthen families, improve living conditions, increase job prospects and accelerate student progress at school.

Fri 10 June, 2016

The Kimberley Strategic Regional Advisory Council met in Kununurra in June to discuss the progress of regional services reform and upcoming priorities.

The meeting was attended by Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell, who is one of the reform’s lead Ministers, and included a tour of Kununurra and Welcome to Country by Waringarri Aboriginal Arts.

Strategic Regional Advisory Councils in the Pilbara and Kimberley were established to advise the State Government on the direction for the reform.

Mon 6 June, 2016

The Regional Services Reform Unit visited Roebourne in June to inform and update local Aboriginal organisations about the State Government’s reform activities.

State reform leader Grahame Searle and the reform’s Pilbara Strategic Regional Advisory Council (SRAC) hosted a community forum on 1 June.

Strategic Regional Advisory Councils in the Pilbara and Kimberley were established to advise the Government on the direction for the reform.


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