Kalumburu community speaks out after single mother left homeless for months after house destroyed

Kalumburu community speaks out after single mother left homeless for months after house destroyed

A single mother of four has been living in a house with three other families after a faulty extension outlet caused a fire that badly damaged her government property in a remote Aboriginal community in the WA.

Women in Kalumburu have responded by starting an online petition to address chronic overcrowding, which they say is widespread in their community.

Sallyanne Milgin and her children have been sharing a two bedroom, one bathroom house with the other families since the fire in November last year. Overcrowding is considered to exacerbate preventable disease and family violence.

Ms Milgin said the government promised to fix her house but failed to follow through. She said her children were struggling.

“They are very sad, they are asking me, mum when is the house getting fixed they are asking me every day,” she said.

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