Warmun Given A Helping Hand

Warmun Given A Helping Hand

Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls

Ord East Kimberley Worker’s Village Assists Warmun Evacuation

Victor P Taffa

Residents from Warmun are being evacuated to the Ord East Kimberley workers village in Kununurra as flood waters inundate the remote community.

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the evacuees were being moved by air to Kununurra where they would be temporarily housed at Garrjang Village, the worker’s accommodation village for the Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project.

The evacuations came as Deputy Premier Kim Hames, who has special responsibility for the Kimberley, arrived in Kununurra to assess the impact of the flood damage in Warmun and the East Kimberley.

Mr. Grylls said Garrjang Village had been closed while the State Government’s Royalties for Regions irrigation expansion project was in shut-down mode for the wet season. Ord workers were expected to return to the village when work on the expansion project recommenced in May.

 

“It has taken significant effort by dedicated people in Kununurra to prepare the village for the arrival of the evacuees.” Mr. Grylls said.

“A team of the project’s indigenous employees, who had been seconded to other jobs and training programs during the wet season, have been involved in the preparation of the village.”

“The use of Garrjang Village has meant that the Warmun residents have not had to travel too far from home for shelter during this time of crisis and hopefully lessened what is no doubt a time of trauma for these people.”

The Garrjang Village which was built using Royalties for Regions funding, will be an alcohol-free zone during the evacuation, in line with the ‘dry’ status of the Warmun community. Additional security measures will be in place such as checks on vehicles entering the village.

The use of Garrjang Village in this instance has allayed pressure on agencies within the East Kimberley to facilitate the logistics of housing 250 evacuees.

It is expected that the evacuees with be housed at the village for up to three weeks, while recovery works take place at Warmun.