Tuesday, 23 May 2023
Statements by Members
Durack Electorate: Ord Valley Muster, Durack Electorate: Kununurra
I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Kununurra Ord Valley Muster festivities last weekend. Highlights for me were the Kimberley Moon Experience and the Muster Idol final. There were some very good singers, but, let me tell you, most of them were just simply enjoying themselves. Well done to Sophie Cooke and her fabulous volunteer committee for overcoming the many obstacles to ensure a successful 21st muster.
However, this tenacity comes as no surprise. The East Kimberley community member are doers. They are resilient and they make the most of every opportunity to showcase their beautiful part of the Kimberley, although this is not always easy. The impacts of recent flooding and youth crime continue to plague the region. Key Kununurra stakeholders recently wrote to the WA state minister for the Department of Communities. The letter outlines the group's views on the necessary measures to curb youth antisocial behaviour. It states, 'There is an urgent need for assistance and intervention around community safety within our town.' I commend the authors of the letter: the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley, MG Corporation, Wunan Foundation, Kununurra-Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation and the East Kimberley Chamber of Commerce & Industry. I call on Premier McGowan to listen to this community's cry. Please take their letter seriously and take action. Kununurra deserves nothing less. They simply cannot resolve these issues on their own.