Andrew Meehan: WA Government's reform akin to closing Aboriginal communities by stealth

Andrew Meehan, ANTaR director Source: SBS.COM.AU/NITV

The WA Australian government launched a reform to fill the void left by the aborted project to close some regional and remote aboriginal communities. 

The WA Australian government launched a reform to fill the void left by the aborted project to close some regional and remote aboriginal communities.

 

The roadmap, also called Building more resilient families and stronger communities was presented by the WA government as a reform designed to improve the lives of aboriginal people in WA.

 

At the core of this project is a proposal to identify up to ten communities by the end of 2016 for upgrades to essential and municipal infrastructure, as well as household metering The reform also aims to link new housing to jobs and schools, the Government will move away from permanent social housing to quality transitional housing, with access to depend on at least one parent working and 85% school attendance

 

Aboriginal families would then be encouraged to move into those upgraded regional towns. Funding to other centres would be reduced or cut.