Close gap

Ser­vice re­forms mak­ing ground

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr and Peter De Krui­jff

A plan to be­gin the over­haul of Roe­bourne’s gov­ern­ment-funded ser­vices has been ear­marked for com­ple­tion by the end of the year as the State Gov­ern­ment presses ahead with its re­gional ser­vices re­forms.

Roe­bourne 6718 Ad­van­tage Plan stake­hold­ers have been meet­ing since the start of the year to iden­tify ways to close the gap for dis­ad­van­taged Abo­rig­i­nal res­i­dents.

A Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties Re­gional Ser­vices Re­form Unit spokes­woman said the plan would help gov­ern­ment achieve bet­ter lo­cal out­comes.

“Co-chaired by a Roe­bourne el­der and a lo­cal ser­vice provider, (it has) iden­ti­fied pri­or­i­ties, in­clud­ing the need to es­tab­lish a one-stop shop for gov­ern­ment ser­vices in the town, a ded­i­cated fam­ily sup­port cen­tre, more fam­ily-cen­tric hous­ing, home­maker skill de­vel­op­ment and cul­tural heal­ing,” she said.

“The 6718 Steer­ing Group is work­ing on a strate­gic plan to out­line pri­or­i­ties for ef­fort and in­vest­ment to­wards the end of 2017.”

Ngar­li­yarndu Bindirri Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Su­san Shirtliff said the com­mu­nity was proud of what had been achieved to date, but the con­ver­sa­tion was only be­gin­ning.

“The guid­ance that the 6718 com­mu­nity is giv­ing is very clear, in that the ser­vices need to be cre­ated and of­ten de­liv­ered by lo­cal peo­ple, and we are en­cour­aged that the Gov­ern­ment might be hear­ing that,” she said. “Un­like many projects or pro­grams, 6718 will not be a short-term thing, it will keep go­ing un­til Roe­bourne is able able to say the gap is closed.”

Ms Shirtliff said de­liv­ery of ser­vices in Roe­bourne re­quired con­sid­er­able change in how Gov­ern­ment con­ducts its busi­ness.

The depart­ment spokes­woman said the re­form unit had be­gun es­sen­tial ser­vices au­dits to help work out what ba­sic ser­vices im­prove­ments were needed to bring each com­mu­nity up to a min­i­mum stan­dard from mid-2018.

In De­cem­ber Wakathuni and Yande­yarra were among 10 com­mu­ni­ties cho­sen for power, wa­ter and mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices up­grades.

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