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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 290 asked in the Legislative Council on 27 June 2017 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
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      290. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Regional Development:
I refer to an article in the Kimberley Echo of 22 June 2017 entitled ''Resource centre crisis'' in which uncertainty over the future funding from the state royalties for regions program is reported as a key reason for the Kununurra Community Resource Centre closing its doors.
      (1) What does the minister plan to do to ensure that the Kununurra community has access to the following government and community services housed in the Community Resource Centre: Volunteering WA; the Department of Sport and Recreation; the Rural in Reach program; and, supervision for exams?
      (2) Did the member for Kimberley raise the issue with the minister; and, if so, when?
      (3) When will the minister provide funding certainty for all CRCs?
I thank the member for the question.
      (1)–(3) It is true that the Kununurra Community Resource Centre has struggled and has been having difficulties. I understand that a meeting was called recently. I believe that the chair and the Treasurer felt it was difficult to get the buy‑in needed to encourage them to keep going. As with all the community resource centres, it is currently going through the procurement process that was started under the previous government. We are very much in the final stages of that now and I anticipate that we will be able to make a decision within the next week. Yes, I certainly have been in contact with the member for Kimberley on this topic.