Payment offer to community should be investigated

Thursday, 21 July

WA Greens Aboriginal Affairs spokesperson Robin Chapple MLC said recent revelations that Cheeditha community was offered money to relocate back to Roebourne should be investigated.

“Cheeditha exists because the people who live there are Yinjibarndi, whereas the majority of people in Roebourne are Ngarluma; this is a difference that should be respected,” Mr Chapple said.

“The community of Cheeditha is self-sufficient to a large degree, but there is a significant opportunity there for the creation of local opportunities and long-term sustainability.

“This is what remote community reform should be about; helping communities to move in this direction and secure a future for themselves.”

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