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Tue 14 March, 2017

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.

Tue 7 February, 2017

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.

Wed 25 January, 2017

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.

The North-West Aboriginal Housing 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.

Wed 21 December, 2016

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.

Wed 14 December, 2016

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.

Thu 1 December, 2016

A major regional services reform initiative to boost employment and economic opportunities for Aboriginal people in regional Western Australia is expected to generate hundreds of jobs over time.

The Aboriginal Regional Employment Package will change the way the public sector recruits staff, awards contracts and buys goods and services by introducing mandatory regional targets.

Wed 2 November, 2016

More economic opportunities for Aboriginal people in regional and remote Western Australia has emerged as a major theme of the State Government’s consultation with remote Aboriginal communities.

Visiting the Kimberley today, Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman said on-the-ground consultation to discuss the regional services reform roadmap was a good way for communities to share their vision of the future and for government to consider how that vision could be supported.

Thu 20 October, 2016

Aboriginal advisors from the Kimberley and Pilbara met with Premier Colin Barnett this week to discuss the progress of major reforms to improve the lives of Aboriginal people in regional and remote Western Australia.

The Strategic Regional Advisory Council members were in Perth with other council members, including State reform leader Grahame Searle and State and Commonwealth Government representatives, to review the reform’s achievements and priorities.

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.


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