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Question Without Notice No. 911 asked in the Legislative Council on 22 August 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

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

Answered on 22 August 2019

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 demolished?

(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?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1) No.

(2) Although no firm arrangements are in place, the minister intends to visit the community in the future.

(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.