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Date posted: 15 February 2013
The federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs today announced $10 million in funding to improve the quality and security of water supplies in Ardyaloon and other remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia (WA).
Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin and Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water Senator Don Farrell said the funding will upgrade and replace critical water infrastructure.
'As well as improving the security and quality of the water supplies in Ardyaloon, this project will upgrade water services and related infrastructure in up to 21 other remote communities, to be selected on the basis of the urgency of works required,' Senator Farrell said.
Today's announcement builds on existing investments of over $25 million for the Municipal and essential services program that supports the delivery of services such as power, water and sewerage to approximately 19,000 Indigenous Australians in 240 communities across WA.
Senator Farrell said the project to upgrade critical infrastructure in remote Indigenous communities in WA is being funded through the Australian Government's National water security plan for cities and towns, a key component of the Water for the future initiative.
Source: Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 15 February 2013