Construction of 50 co-designed houses for the East Kimberley transitional housing expansion, supported by the North West Aboriginal Housing Fund, are well underway with houses already home for several families in Kununurra and Wyndham.
Today, representative leadership across human service delivery in the Kimberley convened in Kununurra to explore leadership opportunities and imperatives for an all of systems approach.
A recent social study of Aboriginal families revealed 78 per cent of participants would like to own their own home in the future. Participants also identified cultural and leadership aspirations as well as financial stability and life opportunities for their children.
Using a strengths-based approach, the North-West Aboriginal Housing fund sought to better understand the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal people living in the Pilbara and Kimberley, as well as any perceived barriers to achieving these aspirations.
Today, the State Government announced the expansion of transitional housing into South Hedland, as the first project in the Pilbara to be delivered under North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund.
The North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund builds momentum with the signing of the first partnership agreement in the Pilbara.
The regional services reform, Resilient Families; Strong Communities roadmap, identified the fund as one of 10 priority actions that will help improve the lives of Aboriginal people living in regional Western Australia.
The North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund has prioritised the concept of co-design with the appointment of a Board member from Binarri-binyja Yarrawoo Aboriginal Corporation.
The fund is a major initiative of the State Government’s regional services reform and one of 10 priority actions in the Resilient Families; Strong Communities roadmap.
The State Government is working closely with Aboriginal elders and community members to finalise the West Pilbara Plan, which will help address intergenerational disadvantage and child sexual abuse in and around the town of Roebourne.
Through the West Pilbara Plan, which has been shaped by prominent Aboriginal elders, the Roebourne community has begun to take significant steps towards building a stronger community. This includes the development and enforcement of community rules, and fostering genuine partnerships with key response agencies.
Over the next five years the East and West Kimberley District Leadership Groups (DLG) will work collectively with the government, services providers, Aboriginal organisations and local leadership to find solutions to complex local issues and to help improve the well-being of families in the Kimberley.
The two groups identified three regional priority areas that they could work on collaboratively to deliver responsive, integrated place-based solutions, including:
An innovative approach by the State Government to awarding building construction and maintenance contracts will generate multiple positive outcomes for Aboriginal people living the in the Kimberley and Pilbara.
The Department of Communities has established a panel of local builders with the capacity to deliver construction and refurbishment works, while meeting the North-West Aboriginal Housing Funds’ training and employment targets.