Fo­rum for re­mote com­mu­nity re­form

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties in the Shire of Ash­bur­ton will have an eas­ier path­way to bring up con­cerns about re­form af­ter the cre­ation of a new com­mit­tee.

Coun­cil­lors passed a mo­tion last month to form a com­mit­tee to con­sult re­mote com­mu­ni­ties in an ef­fort to im­prove pol­icy and de­ci­sion mak­ing rel­e­vant to in­dige­nous peo­ple.

Shire pres­i­dent Kerry White said the Abo­rig­i­nal ref­er­ence com­mit­tee was es­tab­lished part- ly in re­sponse to the State Govern­ment’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into ser­vice pro­vi­sion to re­mote com­mu­ni­ties in the Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley.

“In essence the com­mit­tee is a fo­rum and con­duit for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple and their com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing within the Shire of Ash­bur­ton to raise is­sues that may be of con­cern and that re­late to Shire busi­ness,” she said.

“The com­mit­tee could then sug­gest ac­tions for con­sid­er­a­tion by (the) coun­cil.” Consul- tation with other par­ties who may have an in­ter­est in re­mote com­mu­ni­ties is ex­pected, al­though the com­mit­tee has yet to have its first meet­ing, where such pro­to­cols will be es­tab­lished.

Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties in the Shire of Ash­bur­ton in­clude Wakathuni, Youn­galeena and In­na­wonga around Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park, Bindi Bindi and Jun­daru near Onslow, and Ngur­rawaana near Gre­gory’s Gorge.

The first meet­ing is due to take place on March 15.

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