The McGowan Government is supporting Community Resource Centres (CRCs) to maximise service delivery and provide valuable community hubs in rural and regional areas around the State.
The State Government has offered a two-year contract extension for all 89 CRCs currently funded on a contract basis, and continued grant funding for 13 CRCs which operate on ongoing grants.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) will work with the CRC network on a future tender process that will provide longer-term contracts for individual CRCs. This work will commence mid-2020.
DPIRD will also continue to identify opportunities for CRC to support delivery of government services in regional and rural communities.
CRCs are not-for-profit organisations contracted to provide access to government and community services and information, and undertake community, business and economic development activities.
The McGowan Government has secured long-term funding for the CRC program.
As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“CRCs are owned and operated by their local communities, and our government recognises the valuable services they provide, particularly in small regional communities.
“I have written to CRCs today offering an extension to their current contract from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2022.
“We remain completely committed to funding the CRC program, and will continue to work with the CRC network to identify how we can support CRCs to better deliver services in their local communities.
“The aim is to work towards a longer contract for five years to allow for security and sustainability for these organisations.”