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Shutting down Oombulgurri didn't prevent suicides, says community representative
Posted on October 02, 2014
Gerry Georgatos
Correspondent

Western Australia - The Native Title body representing former residents of an east Kimberley community says the shutting down of the town hasn't addressed the suicide issue.

The WA Government three years ago closed Oombulgurri after claims of significant social dysfunction, including abuse, alcoholism and suicide.

They've now sent in a demolition team to destroy the former residents' homes.

Chair of the Balangarra Aboriginal Corporation, Cissy Gore-Birch (pictured), says many former residents are homeless and are calling for their return to the community.

Ms Gore-Birch says the eviction of residents has seen horrific impacts, including depression and suicide.


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