Fears planned WA Indigenous community closures to pressure Port Lincoln services with influx of people.

Port Lincoln residents in South Australia have expressed their concern about the pressure the closure of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia will have on local services.

Rallies were held around the country late last week opposing the proposed closures as a result of funding cuts.

The manager of social services organisation Community House, Linda Davies, said it was expected many people from closed Western Desert communities would follow family ties and move to Port Lincoln.

She said organisations were not resourced enough to handle an influx of displaced people.

“We will feel the impact down the track I’m sure, I know at Community House we’re already struggling with clients that cannot find housing and … that’s important, everyone needs a home,” she said.

Ms Davies said local services were struggling already with current demand.

“We have already issues with funding, we have drug issues, alcohol issues and most important, housing,” she said.

“These people all need somewhere to live, if they haven’t got a home and are leaving their homes and forced off their homes, they’re going to come to Port Lincoln and want homes here.”

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