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An aging water tank in the Wakathuni community, 20km out of Tom Price, Western Australia could soon be replaced thanks to $15 million in State Government funding for essential services in Aboriginal communities.
WA Housing Minister, Bill Marmion, said the funding which was announced in the State Budget, would be in addition to $30 million provided each year for maintaining water and power services through the Remote area essential services program (RAESP).
Grant Bussel, chief executive of the Aboriginal corporation IBN group, welcomed the additional funding to the community and said the group would also support the State normalising infrastructure within Aboriginal communities so people would have access to good drinking water and reliable power sources.
Mr Bussell praised the work of the Pilbara Meta Maya Regional Aboriginal Corporation, which looks after the RAESP program in the Pilbara, and said IBN had also put some of its own money into community infrastructure.
Source: The West Australian Regional