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Remote WA audits target power and water

Date posted: 17 July 2017

Power and water audits of essential services in ten remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia (WA) have begun.

The communities, some of the biggest in the two regions, were identified as early sites for upgrades by the Regional Services Reform Unit (RSRU), which was set up to identify service issues facing remote WA communities.

An RSRU spokeswoman said municipal service audits would start at the sites later this year. 'The project will occur in three stages: infrastructure audits and planning, upgrade work, and ongoing maintenance,' she said. 'The audits will inform planning by examining the current state of the infrastructure to help determine what is needed to bring basic services up to minimum standards in each community, with the upgrade work to begin in mid-2018.'

The upgrades to the 10 communities were one of 10 priority actions outlined by the RSRU last year. Other priority actions are also in progress, such as the mapping of government-funded services in the North West. Work out of the $200 million North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund is also progressing with planning under way for its first project in consultation with the Binarri-binyja yarrawoo Aboriginal Corporation.

Source: The West Australian

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Last updated: 17 July 2017
 
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