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Qld Indigenous to be handed more control Marty Silk I AAP Mon, 13 June 2022 3:16PM I+

0 Queensland has successfully trialled Indigenous service delivery reforms in Yarrabah, near Cairns. Credit: AAP

Indigenous Queensland communities are set to

have a much bigger say on their own healthcare

and housing needs, as well as how their children

are educated.

The state's 26 Indigenous councils will soon start

deciding how Queensland government services

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The state's 26 Indigenous councils will soon start

deciding how Queensland government services

such as health care, housing and education are

delivered.

Advisory panels will be appointed in each

Indigenous community within two years to advise

the government.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Partnerships

Minister Craig Crawford says the move is an

important step towards self-determination.

"Progressing local solutions and decision-making

with Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander

people is critical for communities to thrive:' he

said on Monday.

The new Local Decision Making Bodies (LDMBs)

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The new Local Decision Making Bodies (LDMBs)

will be told how much money the government is

investing in each community.

Information will include details such as how much

is spent on services, the amount of funding for

each service contract, who is delivering the

contracts, and whether they employ local people.

Each decision-making panel will have access to

performance data for services and contractors in

their community.

Mr Crawford said more transparency will allow for

better service delivery models to be designed, and

potentially save money.

The Queensland government has already

successfully trialled various aspects of the service

delivery reforms in Yarrabah, near Cairns, and

Mapoon on Cape York.

"We recognise that the greatest progress is

achieved when First Nations people lead the way,"

Mr Crawford said.

"Traditionally, government has taken a top-down

approach to decision making:'

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