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Question Without Notice No. 251 asked in the Legislative Council on 11 April 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 11 April 2018

NORSEMAN COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRE

251. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Minister for Regional Development:

(1) How many community resource centres are there in Western Australia, and what was the total cash contribution to CRCs in the 2016–17 year?

(2) Is the minister aware of a plan to close the Norseman Community Resource Centre; and, if so, what is the date of the intended closure?

(3) Is the minister aware that the services of the Norseman CRC are highly valued by local residents and by local organisations representing Indigenous Australians, and that the Norseman CRC is vital to the tourism industry as the first source of reliable communications for travellers arriving in Western Australia across the Nullarbor?

(4) Will the minister undertake to keep open the Norseman Community Resource Centre?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question.

(1) There are 105 CRCs in the network, including those on Christmas and Cocos Islands. In the 2016–17 year, $12.8 million was spent on the CRC program.

(2) No.

(3) Yes, indeed. Our election commitments in the goldfields included investment of $1.6 million in a new cultural, visitor and community precinct in Norsemen that will become a welcome centre for travellers arriving in the state and travelling within the region.

(4) A review of the CRC program is underway, and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will be providing me with an options paper on the allocation of funding for the CRC program into the future.