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Remote Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure: Factors affecting successful regional governance

Jardine Orr, A., Spring, F., Anda, M. and Ho, G. (2003) Remote Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure: Factors affecting successful regional governance. In: International Sustainability Conference, 17 - 19 September, Fremantle, Western Australia

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The provision of sufficient and sustainable remote indigenous housing and infrastructure in remote areas is still a major challenge for service providers. Attempts to meet this need have led to the development of a wide range of housing and housing-related programs in remote indigenous communities. There is a move from an external program-driven approach for housing, to a focus on sustainable local and regional systems of governance in indigenous communities to support the delivery and recurrent maintenance of housing and infrastructure. This paper reports on research into best practice case studies in remote area indigenous housing in WA and the NT. It includes community members’ perceptions of current programs as well as their suggestions for improvements. The lessons from the case studies provide direction for the development of strategies to support sustainable local and regional governance that, in turn, supports the development and maintenance of appropriate remote area indigenous housing. The challenges for sustainable regional governance in remote indigenous communities include the lack of economic development opportunities, the skills of local community members and the willingness and capacities of external service providers to take a community development approach.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: Environmental Technology Centre
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