Remote com­mu­nity fund­ing con­tin­ues

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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