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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Water upgrades for Indigenous communities in north WA

Date posted: 21 February 2012

Remote Indigenous communities in the north part of Western Australia (WA) will soon have their essential water services upgraded.

The Improving water quality in remote Aboriginal communities initiative will see vital improvements to the quality and supply of drinking water in up to 28 remote communities.

The initiative will be funded by the WA state government under the Royalties for regions program.

WA's Housing Minister Troy Buswell said the initiative would address public health risks in the prioritised communities by addressing infrastructure deficiencies and subsequent water quality risks.

'Urgent improvements are required to ensure continuity of supply and compliance with the water quality requirements of the Australian drinking water guidelines,' he said.

'This initiative will ensure the ongoing safety and security of water supplies in communities across the Kimberley, Pilbara and Goldfields-Esperance regions.'

In addition, six remote health clinics are scheduled for electricity upgrades, to support the roll-out of the Royalties for regions remote Indigenous health clinics program.

The project will be managed by the WA Department of Housing with works commencing immediately and continuing through 2012.

Source: WA Minister for Housing; WA Minister for Regional Development


Last updated: 21 February 2012
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