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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1005 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 September 2019 by Hon Diane Evers

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRES

1005. Hon DIANE EVERS to the Minister for Regional Development:

I refer to the government's commitment to provide $13 million in funding per annum to community resource centres in the 2019–20 budget.

(1) Given that the CRCs' existing service contracts will expire on 30 June 2020 and the need to provide job certainty to staff, has the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development determined a process for the allocation of funding beyond this date?

(a) If yes, what is the process and has the department advised the CRCs when it will commence?

(b) If no, when will the department determine the process and advise the CRCs?

(2) Given that Linkwest funding will cease on 31 October 2019 and was subject to an evaluation, has the department finalised the evaluation?

(a) If yes, will the minister please table the report outlining results; and, if not, why not?

(b) If yes, when will the department confirm funding for Linkwest so that it can continue to provide valuable support services to CRCs beyond October 2019?

(c) If no, when will the department finalise the evaluation and consult with Linkwest?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question.

(1) I expect to be able to provide advice to the community resource centres in the next two weeks on the allocation of funding beyond 30 June 2020.

(2) I am considering the department's evaluation report and will be making a decision on the way forward for securing support services to CRCs.