Housing chief drafted for WA remote communities reform


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One of the Western Australian public service’s star performers has been given the job of crafting new arrangements to support remote communities, where the number of services can rival the number of inhabitants. His first task: reassurance.

Western Australia’s Department of Housing director-general Grahame Searle has a new cross-portfolio role solving how the state government will support remote Aboriginal communities in the absence of federal funds.

He has given up his role to take on the two-year appointment as state reform leader, running a new cross-departmental regional services reform unit managed out of the WA Department of Regional Development.

The well-respected mandarin has hit the ground running, moving to calm fears that indigenous people are being forced off their ancestral lands and explaining why something has to change in regional and remote communities in an appearance on ABC Radio National this week. It’s the kind of reassurance federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion told the state government to provide just a few months ago.

Grahame Searle

Grahame Searle

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