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Question Without Notice No. 1484 asked in the Legislative Council on 28 November 2019 by Hon Kyle Mcginn

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

REGIONAL TRAINEESHIP PROGRAM

1484. Hon KYLE McGINN to the Minister for Regional Development:

In regard to the positive announcement of the regional traineeship program—instead of throwing stones without facts—I refer to Hon Robin Scott's member's statement yesterday evening and the distribution of grants throughout the Mining and Pastoral Region.

(1) How many community resource centres and shires in the Mining and Pastoral Region are eligible for regional traineeship grants?

(2) How many CRCs and shires in the Mining and Pastoral Region applied for regional traineeship grants?

(3) How many CRCs and shires in the Mining and Pastoral Region applied for grants and were unsuccessful?

Several members interjected.

The PRESIDENT: Order! Minister! Minister, I have not actually given you the call yet. I was just asking people to be quiet so that I could give you the call so we could all hear your answer.

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

Thank you, Madam President.

(1)–(3) I thank Hon Kyle McGinn for that question, and I know he was quite outraged by the ill-informed comments that were made by Hon Robin Scott last night during members' statements. Therefore, let me make it very clear that I have been concerned for quite some time about the distribution of the training opportunities across the state, and for that reason, I added the capacity for the smaller shires to come in and participate in these training opportunities.

There are, in fact, in the Mining and Pastoral Region, 23 community resource centres and six shires that are eligible and were directly invited to apply for the regional traineeship program. Unfortunately, only one CRC—that of Halls Creek—applied, and, of course, it was approved for funding. But I do share the concern about the support that has been given to the CRCs outside the wheatbelt and the great southern, which is one of the reasons I have reviewed those support arrangements, hoping that we can get something that is more locally focused.