Home is Heritage

Despite the benefits of remote communities, the WA Government plans to deny funding to around 100 communities, and develop 10 into towns which will introduce new regulations.

This plan violates the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which states that people have the right to remain in their own communities, and be supported to do so.

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Home is Heritage

Robin Chapple MLC has introduced his Prevention of Forced Closure of Remote Aboriginal Communities Bill 2016, which seeks to prevent community closures and allow residents to contest closures which take place without consent.

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Home is Heritage

Home is Heritage is vocal about people’s right to remain on country, regularly publishing media releases, newspaper articles, and online opinion pieces.

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The Story So Far

Homelands Movement

In the 1970s, many Aboriginal families left colonial settlements in order to return to their homelands.

Community Closures Speech

In 2014, WA Premier Colin Barnett announced that up to 150 remote communities would be closed.

Regional Services Reform

In July 2016, the WA Government introduced its plan to cut funding to 129 remote communities and develop 10 into towns.

“I want you to stop and think about this sacred land that has been home to our people for tens of thousands of years – our land that is central to our culture… We are part of the earth and it is part of us.”

– Dennis Eggington, CEO, ALSWA

Benefits of Remote Communities

Ancient Culture

Aboriginal Western Australians have been living on their lands for more than 50,000 years. Being part of the oldest living culture in the world, their sites are older than the Egyptian pyramids.

Healthy Outcomes

As Amnesty International Australia and others have found, traditional lands are proven to be beneficial to physical and mental health in adults and children alike.

Human Rights

Under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Aboriginal people have the right to live in their own communities without experiencing discrimination of any kind.

Sign the Petition to Prevent Community Closures

Dear Premier,

As the WA State Government has agreed to take responsibility for service provision to support Aboriginal communities, I urge you to ensure that, in accordance with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:

1. Aboriginal communities are not forcibly closed or residents relocated without their free, prior, and informed consent; and,

2. Aboriginal people are not deterred from living in their communities due to the inadequate provision of municipal and essential services.

Yours sincerely,

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Tip-Offs on Closures

If you have any information on the closures of remote communities or services in Western Australia, we would like to hear from you. Please get in touch through our anonymous tip-off form below.

Bill to Prevent Closures

Robin Chapple MLC has introduced his Prevention of Forced Closure of Remote Aboriginal Communities Bill 2016, which seeks to prevent community closures and allow residents to contest closures which take place without consent.

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