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Kalgoorlie could get centre to help youth

AAP logoAAP 12/10/2016 Greg Roberts

A new youth drop-in centre might be established in Kalgoorlie in the wake of the death of Aboriginal boy Elijah Doughty in August, which sparked a violent riot.

The Kalgoorlie-Boulder region has been rocked by a spate of suicides in the last year while concerns have been raised about a lack of funds for indigenous youth services and high crime.

It's been reported that a 37-year-old Aboriginal mother of three had been found dead this week at the site of 14-year-old Doughty's death.

Aboriginal suicide is at crisis levels and 10 times the national average rate, a report by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project found, with the problem particularly severe in WA's far north Kimberley, which has one of the world's highest rates.

"There is a (drop-in) centre on the outskirts of Kalgoorlie, particularly Aboriginal people from surrounding areas drop in, come in," WA Premier Colin Barnett told reporters on Wednesday.

"I've actually seen that, it was built by the state government and operated by a not for profit organisation and works well. A similar facility exists in Derby and a similar one will be built in Broome.

"Additional facilities - yes, the government will look at that. Ministers have already been into Kalgoorlie, the attorney-general and education minister and myself and the deputy premier will be going to Kalgoorlie and spending a couple of days there in the near future."

Police believe Doughty was riding a stolen motorbike when he died and have charged a 55-year-old man who had reported that motorbike stolen with manslaughter for allegedly running him down.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

Local Aboriginal Medical Service available from www.vibe.com.au.

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