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A remote community in the Pilbara has become the first Aboriginal community to sign a housing management agreement with the West Australian government.

Yandeyarra, a town south of Port Hedland and established in 1964, has a steady population of about 300, which swells to up to 1000 during special cultural events.

Housing Minister Bill Marmion said the agreement, signed through the community's Mugarinya Community Association, was an important step in being able to provide better housing services to Aboriginal communities.

"This proactive move by the Mugarinya Community Association will ensure that the community will benefit through an increase in available housing stock," he said.

Mr Marmion said he expected other communities to sign agreements in the coming months.

The Aboriginal Housing Legislation Amendment Act 2010 was implemented on July 1.

It enables the Department of Housing to provide new capital investment and property and tenancy management services to remote Aboriginal communities.

Yandeyarra embarked on a self-sustainability program two years ago to become self-reliant and free of government funding over the next 15 years.

The West Australian

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