The State Government is working closely with Aboriginal elders and community members to finalise the West Pilbara Plan, which will help address intergenerational disadvantage and child sexual abuse in and around the town of Roebourne.
The plan builds on 18 months of community led work, including a local initiative called ‘6718 Advantage’ to better support children and families in Roebourne.
Under the plan, the State Government has committed to focus collective action on six priority areas:
- More support for children, carers and families
- A safer community for children
- Tackling alcohol and drugs
- Greater engagement in school and work
- Healing the community
- Reprioritising government contracts and services
A number of community identified projects and initiatives have already been endorsed by Government for action, including:
- The establishment of a residential facility to support family and cultural healing;
- The establishment of 10 supported safe houses in and around Roebourne;
- Specialised Alcohol and other Drug services for children and youth;
- Upskilling local service providers and community members on abuse and trauma identification, referral processes, protective behaviours and effective interventions;
- More youth activities at nights, on weekends and during school holidays;
- Realigning the community night patrol (which focuses on adults) to now focus on youth;
- Establishing a Roebourne Men’s Shelter to allow women and children experiencing domestic violence to stay in their home and encourage men to access support; and
- Industry training and job pathways for local people.