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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1091 asked in the Legislative Council on 29 November 2011 by Hon Robin Chapple

Parliament: 38 Session: 1
Answered on 29 November 2011


1091. Hon ROBIN CHAPPLE to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs:

I refer to the four Aboriginal dialysis patients currently sleeping under tarps and tents and in cars on the outskirts of the Ninga Mia community, five kilometres from Kalgoorlie, which was also reported in the Kalgoorlie Miner of 25 November 2011.

(1) Has the department been approached to provide assistance to these patients, to provide rubbish bins or any other assistance?

(2) What assistance will the department now provide in the short term?

(3) What are the current plans for development of housing at the Ninga Mia community on Aboriginal Lands Trust property?

Hon PETER COLLIER replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) Yes, the Department of Indigenous Affairs—DIA—through a joint initiative with the City of Kalgoorlie–Boulder, the Goldfields Indigenous Housing Organisation and the Aboriginal medical service, Bega, have arranged through the City of Kalgoorlie–Boulder for delivery of a mini skip bin to be taken to the area on a regular basis; a general clean-up of the area, commencing this week; and a clean-up of the residential properties.

(2) DIA works alongside agencies and organisations responsible for service delivery—the Department of Housing, the Department for Child Protection and the Goldfields Indigenous Housing Organisation—with regard to housing and homelessness issues. DIA regularly monitors campers at Ninga Mia and, in discussions with campers, it has been indicated that they would like to remain camping and do not want to locate to Kalgoorlie as they are visiting.

(3) In relation to housing development, DIA is aware that the Department of Housing is considering new housing and refurbishments within the Goldfields region under the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing within the 2014–16 budget period. Ninga Mia is one of the communities being considered.