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Tjurabalan Community Participation Agreement
|Date:||1 July 2003|
|Sub Category:||Shared Responsibility Agreement (SRA)|
|Location:||East Kimberley Region, Western Australia, Australia|
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|Subject Matter:||Collaboration / Partnership | Health and Community Services | Law - Policy and Justice|
|Federal, State and local governments and the communities that make up the Tjurabalan region in the east Kimberley of Western Australia have agreed to work together under the Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) whole of government approach to improve the outcomes for Indigenous communities. The agreement for coordination of services will make the Tjurabalan region the first Western Australian region to reach a COAG agreement as part of the nationwide trial. The agreement involves five communities including Billiluna, Yakka Yakka, Balgo, Kundat Djaru and Mulan, which make up the Tjurabalan native title area determined by consent with the State Government in August 2001.|
|The trial, announced on the 2 July 2003 follows a decision of COAG in April 2002 to identify up to 10 Indigenous Communities for a new coordinated approach where governments and communities work together to develop more flexible programmes and services based on each community's priorities.|
Justice and associated issues of alcohol misuse and violence have been identified by communities as the most important issues for the people of Tjurabalan and the wider region. An initial focus will be to create safer communities by establishing a permanent police presence in the region, to be based at Balgo. The mainstream justice services will be complemented by a series of community forums involving all levels of government to foster community participation in justice and policing matters.
A key issue identified is the need for Aboriginal people to be in a position to take responsibility for the management and long term planning of their communities. This means that the communities must invest in building capacity and developing effective governance.
Communities in Tjurabalan and the region are planning to hold a series of bush meetings to identify local approaches to these issues.
The Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Affairs, the Western Australian Department of Indigenous Affairs and the Halls Creek Shire Council will take lead roles in coordinating across government agencies and working with the community.
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