Remote audits shed light on power and water problems
Power and water audits of essential services in 10 remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley and Pilbara have begun.
The communities, some of the biggest in the two regions, were identified as early sites for upgrades by the Regional Services Reform Unit.
The unit was set up to identify service issues facing remote WA communities.
An RSRU spokeswoman said municipal service audits would start at the sites later this year.
“The project will occur in three stages: infrastructure audits and planning, upgrade work, and ongoing maintenance,” she said.
“The audits will inform planning by examining the current state of the infrastructure to help determine what is needed to bring basic services up to minimum standards in each community, with the upgrade work to begin in mid-2018.
“The Reform Unit will continue to consult with the communities regarding the audits, with local residents employed as part of the audit process.”
The upgrades to the 10 communities were one of 10 priority actions outlined by the RSRU last year.
Others have progressed in great steps, such as the mapping of government-funded services in the North West, which is being prepared for release.
The unit has also established the Kununurra Intensive Family Support Project initiative, which focuses on families with complex needs.
“Working alongside Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, this initiative has provided co-ordinated services to deliver better outcomes for families,” the RSRU spokeswoman said.
Work out of the $200 million North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund is also progressing, with planning under way for its first project in consultation with the Binarri-binyja Yarrawoo Aboriginal Corporation.
Another priority action, the $25 million Kimberley Schools Project, has yet to roll out.
The three-year project was intended to roll out to three schools this year from the first semester but has not been implemented in even one, with half the year now gone.
The RSRU spokeswoman said the team was working on materials and engagement.