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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 799 asked in the Legislative Council on 7 November 2017 by Hon Jim Chown

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 7 November 2017

      799. Hon JIM CHOWN to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Mental Health:
I refer to the government's recent decision to close the Geraldton Sobering Up Centre on 30 December 2017. The centre in question is located at 3110 Larkin Street, Geraldton, and has been running since 2003.
(1) How many people used the Geraldton Sobering Up Centre in 2016–17?
(2) How many people are employed at the Geraldton Sobering Up Centre?
(3) What is the total annual cost to government of running the Geraldton Sobering Up Centre?
(4) Are any community or council donations received towards the running of the centre?
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
I am advised as follows.
There were 1 415 admissions to the Geraldton Sobering Up Centre in 2016–17. This represents an average of approximately seven people admitted a day and occupancy of approximately 38 per cent.
      (2) Hope Community Services employs four permanent workers at the Geraldton Sobering Up Centre, three of whom are full-time and one is part-time. There are two long-term casual workers and a further pool of five people who will work shifts as needed.
      (3) In 2016–17, the Mental Health Commission provided $512 826 to fund the Geraldton Sobering Up Centre. Funding for 2017–18 will be $256 182, which will be paid pro rata for the period 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017.
      (4) The Mental Health Commission does not and should not have information relating to donations received by contracted community-managed organisations.