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.
Regional Services Reform Unit director Chad Stewart said the forum opened up discussion about the priorities and aspirations of Aboriginal communities in the Pilbara.
“It brought together Aboriginal leaders and organisations, government agencies and service providers to talk about how we can partner to improve living conditions and economic opportunities for Aboriginal people,” he said.
“Redefining the relationship between government and Aboriginal corporations and communities will be central to achieving long-term change.”
The reform unit has begun on-the-ground consultation about the roadmap with remote Aboriginal communities throughout Western Australia.
It has engaged four Aboriginal organisations in the Kimberley to help arrange and facilitate meetings with communities, and will soon appoint a local Aboriginal organisation to assist with community consultation in the Pilbara.
The State Government released the Resilient Families; Strong Communities roadmap on 14 July 2016.
The Regional Services Reform Unit meets with representatives of Aboriginal organisations and local agencies in South Hedland.