Boulder Camp ‘a disgrace’

Pastor Geoffrey StokesTwo months since the Federal Government announced a $100,000 commitment to Boulder Camp, a Kalgoorlie-Boulder pastor says he is still waiting to see the evidence the promise has been kept.

In April, Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin visited the city, where she announced $100,000 for improving sanitation and security at the camp.

Pastor Geoffrey Stokes called for evidence of the Federal Government’s commitment while examining Boulder Camp yesterday. “Where is it?” Mr Stokes asked.

But a spokeswoman for Ms Macklin said the toilet and showers were “now functional”, the tap washers had been replaced to stop leaks and the solar panel heater had been fixed to ensure there was hot water.

“Community members, along with Bega Garnbirringu Health Services, helped clean up the rubbish around the camp. The council has installed skip bins around the camp and a rubbish collection system has been established,” she said.

She said changes were also being made to make the camp safer.

~ Meera Nambiar, Kalgoorlie Miner, 10 June 2011

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