Housing

Department evicts 130 tenants since 2011

Kimberley authorities have evicted 130 tenants from state housing since 2011.

Only seven of these were from the Kimberley.

A Department of Housing spokesman says repairs are two-and-a-half times as much as they are in the Kimberley.

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Friday, February 21st, 2014 Business and finance, Government Comments Off

Bidan: Government transfers housing land

The WA government has transferred 73 hectares of land to an Aboriginal corporation.

Aboriginal affairs minister Peter Collier said this is to be used for private housing for Aboriginal people, and possibly for tourism.

Bidan Aboriginal Corporation now owns the land which is about half way between Derby and Broome, on the Great Northern Highway.

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Friday, February 7th, 2014 Aboriginal, Government Comments Off

Report recommends free bus tickets

A new report into Kimberley homelessness recommends free bus tickets for stranded remote community members.

The report noted many people from remote communities were sleeping rough in towns and could not afford to get home.

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Friday, December 20th, 2013 Broome Comments Off

Broome: Short stay hostel stalled again

Child Protection minister Helen Morton said the government is “not yet ready” to OK temporary accommodation in Broome.

She was responding to a question in parliament about $350,000 that had been budgeted for plans.

The proposed hostel was to be for people temporarily in town, who normally lived in Aboriginal communities.

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Thursday, December 5th, 2013 Broome, Business and finance, Government Comments Off

Oombulgurri: Plan to demolish houses

The Department of Aboriginal Affairs plans to demolish 60 houses at the abandoned Oombulgurri community.

Cissy Gore-Birch, who chairs the native title group, said its members are unhappy at the move.

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Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 Government Comments Off

Cable Beach: Yawuru people develop housing land

Yawuru people are subdividing new housing land for sale on the open market.

They acquired the parcel of land as part of the local native title settlement.

They intend to sell about 45 blocks next year.

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Thursday, November 7th, 2013 Aboriginal, Broome Comments Off

Government to build 500 Aboriginal homes

WA’s¬†government says it intends to build 500 new homes for Aboriginal families “living predominantly in the Kimberley”.

These are to  be built by 2018.

People in the building trade are invited to attend Broome or Kununurra workshops this week.

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Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 Broome, Government, Kununurra Comments Off

‘Dangerous’ sex offender refused release

New laws are preventing the release of a “dangerous” sex offender.

Nigel Pindan was due for release in July, but he is listed as one of the state’s worst sex offenders, meaning a judge must rule him “fit for release”.

Mr Justice McKechnie refused his release as he posed too big a risk to the community unless housing was found for him in the Kimberley.

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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 Police and courts Comments Off
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