Gov­ern­ment still de­cid­ing on Abo­rig­i­nal lead­ers

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Peter de Krui­jff

Nom­i­na­tions are still be­ing con­sid­ered for Abo­rig­i­nal lead­ers who will be part of the State’s re­form process in the North West, de­spite the Gov­ern­ment hav­ing aimed to an­nounce them last month.

On June 4 an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est process started to find four Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity lead­ers from the Kim­ber­ley and Pil­bara to sit on strate­gic re­gional ad­vi­sory coun­cils, which would help in­form the process of re­form for Abo­rig­i­nal ser­vices.

Min­is­ter for Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Terry Red­man said the Gov­ern­ment had re­ceived strong fields of nom­i­na­tions for each coun­cil, and it had taken longer than ex­pected to as­sess and speak to ref­er­ees.

“This is a long-term plan and it is im­por­tant that we take the time re­quired to make the right se­lec­tions,” he said. “En­gage­ment on the re­form is well un­der way, with my­self and min­is­ter (He­len) Mor­ton meet­ing with Abo­rig­i­nal or­gan­isa- tions and rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley in May, June, July and Au­gust.”

A cross-de­part­men­tal re­form unit has been es­tab­lished, watched over by se­nior public ser­vant Gra­hame Searle.

Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for po­si­tions on the re­form unit in Perth, the Pil­bara and the Kim­ber­ley closed on July 31.

Mr Searle trav­elled through the Kim­ber­ley last month to meet with com­mu­ni­ties and vis­ited Ji­ga­long two weeks ago with Ms Mor­ton.

Mr Red­man said se­ri­ous and last­ing re­form was re­quired to ad­dress the dis­par­ity be­tween the out­comes for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple and the rest of the com­mu­nity.

“The ad hoc ap­proach un­der suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments to in­vest­ment in re­mote Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties will be re­placed by pri­ori­tis­ing in­vest­ment in lo­ca­tions that can pro­vide res­i­dents with ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, qual­ity health ser­vices, safe com­mu­ni­ties and suit­able hous­ing,” he said.

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