Australia May Stop Providing Water and Power to Remote Aboriginal Communities

Up to 200 remote indigenous communities across the country could lose access to power and water as the government says it can no longer afford to deliver these basic services.

The remote communities are mostly located across Cape York and the Kimberley region of WA. Some communities are permanent, while other communities only live in their region seasonally, making population numbers small and variable.

The federal government announced late last year that it would stop paying for the utilities, making states responsible for their communities. The Western Australian state government says it can't afford to cover the costs.