HOUSING — NINGA
MIA — GOLDFIELDS
911. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the
Minister for Housing:
I refer to the answer to question
without notice 690 from 26 June 2019, in which the minister indicated he
intended to visit the Ninga Mia community in the goldfields.
(1) Has the
minister visited the Ninga Mia community yet?
(2) If no to (1),
when does the minister intend to visit the community?
(3) Does the
minister have any plans to rebuild any of the buildings that were recently
(4) Given that
homelessness is an increasing issue in the region and that multiple families
are seeking to live in the Ninga Mia community, does the minister agree that
revitalising the community through investing in new housing and community
infrastructure is a good idea?
(5) If no to (4),
can the minister please explain why not?
STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
(2) Although no
firm arrangements are in place, the minister intends to visit the community in
(3)–(5) As per the answer to questions without notice 690
and 669, all decisions regarding the future of the Ninga Mia reserve will continue to be made in
consultation with residents and the Aboriginal Lands Trust.
Some of the demolished buildings were
not houses. Those that were houses were not occupied and had not been occupied
for some time.
The state government's
response to homelessness in the region will focus on accommodation and supports
that enable access to good amenities, and educational and employment
opportunities. Providing additional accommodation on the outskirts of
Kalgoorlie is unlikely to form part of this response.