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.
“Allowing a qualified environmental health officer to do basic repairs while on community will help reduce hygiene-related health problems that can happen if plumbing emergencies are not fixed quickly,” he said.
“Many remote communities are hundreds of kilometres from the nearest town and these vast distances mean that getting a licensed plumber on the job can take time and be costly.
“This is a great result and will help build more resilient families and stronger communities.”
The changes, announced by the Building Commission, will apply to 205 remote communities, excluding town-based reserves which are more likely to have ready access to licensed plumbers.
More information is available at: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/publications/decision-paper-basic-emergency-plumbing-work-remote-aboriginal-communities
Members of the Kimberley and Pilbara Aboriginal Environmental Heath Forum.