Funding reinstated to WA Community Resource Centres

The WA Government has reinstated funding of $13 million per year for 105 Community Resource Centres across the state following pressure from the local government sector and a review of the program.

In a statement, the Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said that after reviewing the Community Resource Centre program and listening to regional communities' concerns about the future of CRCs, it was clear CRC funding should continue.

As a result of the review, the traineeship component of the CRC program will be strengthened to ensure Community Resource Centres are working with local businesses and local governments to get the best outcomes for their trainees, and it will also be made available to regional areas which do not have CRCs.

Auditing processes will be strengthened to ensure Community Resource Centres are delivering the best outcomes for their communities.

Community Resource Centres support local social and economic activity with 395 staff and more than 1000 volunteers.

WA Local Government Association President Cr Lynne Craigie said WALGA and individual Local Governments had made strong representations to the Minister to retain the centres as they provided vital community support. She said Community Resource Centres were critical in helping deliver the State Government’s focus on traineeships and creating jobs in regional WA. “The decision by the Minister to consult with the sector in a meaningful way is, I believe, a direct consequence of the State Government’s partnership agreement with the Local Government sector and is a welcome change to addressing critical issues,” Cr Craigie said.