Remote community funding continues
Funding for municipal services in remote communities will continue into 2017 as the WA Greens launch a Bill to prevent forced closure of Aboriginal communities.
The State Government has announced $25.6 million to provide essential services such as power, water, rubbish collection and road maintenance for the State’s 164 remote communities.
Housing Minister Colin Holt said the funding would support the provision of a range of services during 2016-17 following the withdrawal of Australian Government funding last year.
Treasurer Mike Nahan said the funding would be delivered through eight regional service providers and directly through a number of individual Aboriginal community corporations.
The announcement came as Greens Member for Mining and Pastoral Robin Chapple tabled a draft Bill in Parliament to prevent the forced closure of Aboriginal communities either directly or through a limitation of municipal services.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman has previously stated the State Government has no intentions of forcing indigenous people off their land.