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Question Without Notice No. 600 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 August 2018 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 16 August 2018

COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRES — REVIEW

600. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Regional Development:

I refer to the minister's announcement on Friday that funding for community resource centres will continue at the full $13 million a year.

(1) Will the minister table the review into community resource centres carried out by her department?

(2) If no to (1), will the minister share the content and findings of the review with the CRC network?

(3) What was the cost of carrying out the review?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. Sorry, there was some confusion because this was initially asked by another member.

(1) Yes, I will table the report. I would like to thank the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development for its work on the review. At my request, the department undertook a detailed review of the community resource centre program, including an analysis of all previous reviews and feedback received directly from CRCs and key stakeholders. The report provided recommendations to meet the proposed $8 million a year budget and improve engagement between CRCs and state government agencies. The department's review informed our decision to maintain funding for the program at $13 million a year and will guide improvements to improve the programs' effectiveness.

[See paper 1620.]

(2) Not applicable.

(3) The review was principally undertaken by departmental staff; however, some external services were engaged to assist with data collection, data analysis and data formatting at a cost of $37 553.22.