Remote reform in spotlight

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Aboriginal advisers from the Kimberley have met Premier Colin Barnett to discuss reforms to services in remote WA. The Strategic Regional Advisory Council met in Perth last month.

Reform leader Grahame Searle said the process had progressed.

“We have released a road map outlining 10 priority actions and the State Government has committed $250 million for improvements and better access to Aboriginal housing, education and essential and municipal services,” he said.

“In a relatively short time there has been very good progress, but we also understand that it could be one generation or more before we see systemic change.” The Regional Services Reform Unit is consulting WA’s 274 remote Aboriginal communities about the reforms to better understand local priorities.

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