Forum for remote community reform
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.