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Housing needs for Aboriginal South Australians will be the focus of a new Aboriginal advisory committee announced by the State Government.

 

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In a statement, Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink said the appointed members would assist in the development of the State Government’s homelessness and housing strategy and Aboriginal housing strategy, due at the end of the year.

“This committee will help us achieve a variety of outcomes, including increasing the SA Housing Authority’s capacity to recruit and retain Aboriginal staff,” Lensink said.

She said the 10-member committee would bring a wealth of knowledge and a broad range of expertise and experience to the table, informing the board’s strategic priorities and assist in direct engagement with Aboriginal communities.

“We want to ensure we continue to meet the needs of Aboriginal South Australians and there is no doubt the board will benefit hugely from this specialist guidance and insight when they consider new housing policy and services,” she said.

“I look forward to working with our new Aboriginal advisory committee as we work together to improve housing outcomes for Aboriginal people in South Australia – that is our aim.”

The committee is due to meet for the first time on Friday, chaired by South Australian Housing Trust Board member Shona Reid.

Other committee members are: commissioner for Aboriginal engagement Dr Roger Thomas, commissioner for Aboriginal children and young people Ms April Lawrie, AnglicareSA head of homelessness services Olive Bennell, Red Cross project manager Deb Moyle, business owner Eunice Aston, Naarungga Nation Aboriginal corporation CEO Klynton Wanganeen, Ceduna Aboriginal corporation CEO Wayne Miller, Nganampa health Aboriginal health worker Zibeon Fielding and Ernest and Young consultant Kyran Dixon.

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