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Representatives of Indigenous communities and services came together at Ceduna Foreshore Hotel on May 8, 2012, for discussions on the issue of alcohol consumption among the Indigenous population in Ceduna, South Australia (SA).
Many organisations and groups were represented in the roundtable discussions, including Ceduna District Council, Housing SA, Ceduna Health Services, and Far West Coast Traditional Lands Association. The communities of Yalata, Oak Valley and Koonibba were also represented.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Paul Caica, attended the meeting to hear about the issues continuing within the community. Issues addressed included access to alcohol, management of the Transitional Housing facility, access to housing in Indigenous communities, and health issues for Indigenous people.
The Minister also congratulated Mima Smart, an Elder representing the Yalata community, on recently being awarded with an Order of Australia medal for her services to Indigenous people in SA. Mima Smart said she hopes the talks will cause the community to act.
'I hope this open dialogue will make things move forward, and will cause the different services in Ceduna to work together to ensure our people are able to come home,' she said.
Source: West Coast Sentinel
Hon Paul Caica MP