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Question Without Notice No. 690 asked in the Legislative Council on 26 June 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon P.C. Tinley
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 26 June 2019

HOUSING — NINGA MIA — GOLDFIELDS

690. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Housing:

I refer to the Ninga Mia community in the goldfields.

(1) Will the minister outline the purpose of each of the six community buildings that have been or will be demolished?

(2) I have received reports of open piles of building rubble in the area. Given the minister's answer yesterday that there is evidence of asbestos in the buildings being demolished, are all necessary precautions being taken in removing and correctly storing the building rubble?

(3) Does the McGowan government intend to close down the Ninga Mia community?

(4) Does the minister intend to visit the Ninga Mia community?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided by the Minister for Housing.

(1)–(2) Please refer these questions to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

(3) Consistent with government policy on town-based reserves, all decisions regarding the future of the Ninga Mia reserve will continue to be made in consultation with residents and the Aboriginal Lands Trust. For the member's information, ''Resilient Families, Strong Communities: A roadmap for regional and remote Aboriginal communities'' was released by the former government in 2016. One key feature of the road map is better services and opportunities for Aboriginal people who live in town-based reserves.

(4) Yes.

I will ensure that the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs is aware of parts (1) and (2) of the member's question.