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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 522 asked in the Legislative Council on 27 June 2018 by Hon Jim Chown

Minister responding: Hon A. MacTiernan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on

      522. Hon JIM CHOWN to the Minister for Regional Development:
I refer to the answer given by the minister to question without notice 483. The minister stated that $790 000, in the new proposal, is budgeted for support of the community resource centre program, which represents a 53.1 per cent reduction on the previous program support budget.
Linkwest currently receives a grant of $250 000 per annum for sector support services as the peak body for CRCs. This includes licences for the videoconferencing platform for all 105 CRCs and VC support.
      (1) Under the current funding program for CRCs, does any of the $13 million budget go towards Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development staff wages and operational costs for managing the program?
      (2) If yes to (1), how much funding went, or will go, to DPIRD, as aforementioned, in the 2017–18 financial year and the 2018–19 budget year?
      (3) Once the funding cut to $8 million comes into effect, how much of the $790 000 for support of the CRC program, as previously referred to, will go to paying DPIRD staff and operational costs?
I thank the member for notice of the question.
(1) Yes.
      (2) The funding for Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development personnel in the 2017–18 financial year will be $300 000. That is the rate of funding that has been in place since 2014–15, so no change on recent practice. For 2018–19, it will be $225 000 for the period 1 July 2018 to 31 March 2019. Funding for the final quarter has not yet been determined. This will be done once a decision has been made on the final community resource centre funding regime.
      (3) In the current proposal, the allocation to the department would be $180 000 in keeping with the overall system cut.