The State Government is committed to improving power and water for Western Australians living in Aboriginal communities.
The Department of Communities currently provides power and water services to 141 Aboriginal communities through the Remote Essential and Municipal Services program.
We are working on a proposal to transfer responsibility for power and water from Communities to Horizon Power and Water Corporation.
This proposal would mean that Aboriginal people living in remote communities would receive the same standard of power and water services as similar sized communities elsewhere in the State. Other benefits would include:
- improving the long-term health and wellbeing of communities
- delivering cleaner and greener power and water solutions
- potential for new jobs based in local communities
This proposal requires detailed planning, preparation and consultation, which we are working on now, and final approval from the State Government.
To prepare for the proposed transfer, Horizon Power and Water Corporation are now conducting site visits to remote communities to better understand the condition of essential service assets like power stations and wastewater ponds. Find out more about transition planning.
For further information please see our resources page.