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Question Without Notice No. 1016 asked in the Legislative Council on 18 September 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

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

Answered on

HOUSING — NEWMAN — PILBARA DISTRICT LEADERSHIP GROUP

1016. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Housing:

I refer to the establishment of the Pilbara District Leadership Group through the Department of Communities.

(1) On what date was the group established?

(2) Can the minister list the group's membership, their respective titles and their areas of jurisdiction?

(3) What are the terms of reference for the group's operation?

(4) Can the minister please detail the engagement the group has had specifically in relation to Newman?

(5) What work has the group done in response to housing damage and accommodation issues specific to Newman?

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) The first meeting was held on 18 November 2015.

(2) State government members of the board include representatives from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries; the Department of Communities; the Department of Justice; the Department of Education; the Department of Transport; the WA Police Force; the WA Country Health Service; the Pilbara Development Commission; and North Regional TAFE. Commonwealth government members of the board include representatives from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; the National Indigenous Affairs Agency; and the Department of Human Services. Non-government representatives are from Pilbara Aboriginal Voice; the Western Australian Council of Social Service; Pilbara for Purpose; the Pilbara Aboriginal Health Planning Forum; and the WA Primary Health Alliance. Two representatives are also nominated by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy.

(3) The functions of the district leadership group are to identify emerging problems and opportunities for improved outcomes in the region and deliver effective responses through coordinating the resources and capability of state and commonwealth government agencies, local government, industry and community organisations; improve and maintain alignment of local services across state and commonwealth government agencies, local government, industry and community organisations; explore avenues to deliver government-wide and sector-wide reforms and priorities in a manner that will be suitable and effective in local conditions; share information between state and commonwealth government agencies, local government, industry and community organisations; and seek opportunities to speak as one voice on issues of strategic importance in the region.

The DLG has adopted the following principles: empower Aboriginal people and Pilbara communities; partner with Aboriginal and community organisations in the design and delivery of services; develop a shared understanding of priorities and problems across DLG members through information-sharing, listening and pursuit of improved community outcomes; work in a cooperative and constructive manner founded on mutual respect, goodwill, trust and integrity; and member organisations be responsible for sharing information, actions and decisions of the DLG within their own organisations and governance structures.

(4)–(5) There was engagement with Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa, with an overview of a cost–benefit analysis covering social, housing, health and other issues relating to communities from Newman to the Western Desert. It has had engagement with BHP–Newman Futures, including consultation with the Newman community.