Owned and operated Aboriginal business, Novelle Consortium has won the contract to model potential economic and social benefits of the North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund.
This week, the State Government published the first detailed analysis of government service provision and outcomes for Indigenous people living in the Kimberley and the Pilbara.
The mapping of government-funded services and outcomes 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.
Community leaders and residents embraced the opportunity for open and honest conversation with government in the most extensive on-the-ground consultation process ever undertaken with remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.
Regular flights are taking off to Kalumburu in remote northern WA, after Aviair commenced air services from Kununurra.
Aviair commenced Regular Public Transport (RPT) air services on the Kununurra to Kalumburu air route late July 2017 after extensive engagement with the Kalumburu Aboriginal Corporation and consultation with the Department of Transport and Department of Communities, Regional Services Reform Unit.
The East Kimberley District Leadership Group has established a new working group to improve the content and coordination of programs for young people in Kununurra.
The Kununurra Empowering Youth group will work to ensure programs encourage children and young people to make good choices, promote positive family time and strengthen relationships between families and the wider community.
Young people will also be represented on the KEY working group so that the views and ideas of local youth are heard.
A Kununurra school holiday program jointly developed by the State Government, local community groups and Aboriginal organisations had a significant impact on the town last summer, with a 20 per cent drop in juvenile offences.
The Kununurra Youth and Family Holiday Program was established by the East Kimberley District Leadership Group (DLG) in an effort to reduce anti-social behaviour during the annual school break and to connect young people with their families.
A partnership agreement with a Kimberley Aboriginal corporation has laid the foundation for the $200 million North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund to be tailored to local needs.
The fund is a major initiative of regional services reform and one of 10 priority actions in the Resilient Families; Strong Communities roadmap. It will support hundreds of Aboriginal people to move out of social housing into transitional housing, private rental accommodation or home ownership.
Fifty more transitional houses will be built in the Kimberley as part of a $200 million fund to provide Aboriginal families with a pathway to home ownership and greater prosperity.
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.
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.