Technology and innovation boost for Community Resource Centres

  • McGowan Government to provide almost $250,000 to support 28 Community Resource Centres implement technology and innovation projects across WA
  • Northern-focused tranche of funding to support technology upgrades or innovations which will improve and expand ongoing service delivery 
  • Regional and remote communities across Western Australia will benefit from McGowan Government grant funding for Community Resource Centres (CRCs) towards technology and innovation projects to grow and improve community services.

    The McGowan Government will invest almost $250,000 in a first northern-focused tranche of funding to support 28 regional and remote CRCs in the north of the State to boost technology capacity and better connect communities.

    The diverse projects span the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Mid-West and northern Wheatbelt.

    Initiatives range from an interactive smartboard at Hyden, a digital studio in Pingelly, mobile outreach service delivery from Shark Bay to a photolab at Tom Price.

    The Western Australian Community Resource Network (WACRN) Program has more than 100 CRCs across regional and remote WA and all CRCs were eligible to apply for the Technology and Innovation Grant.

    The program provided grants of up to $10,000 per CRC and is administered by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

    The second tranche of successful grant recipients in southern parts of the State will be announced soon. 

    As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

    “It is vital that CRCs, as community-focused organisations operating across regional and remote parts of Western Australia, are well equipped with technology and innovations to deliver modern services to people in their communities.

    “Access to technology and innovation is particularly vital for those living in regional and remote areas in order to keep connected.

    “These grants will deliver a range of benefits across many communities, from improving internet speeds at CRCs, providing outreach services to nearby towns, improved business websites and marketing, giving local residents access to photo and 3D printing services and improved video conferencing capability.”

    CRCFunding Project
    Bencubbin $9,342Upgrade to Microsoft 365 and cloud storage for CRC
    Bidyadanga $10,000Remote access for a remote community – upgrade of software and hardware in the CRC
    Broome $10,000Upgrade exisiting 3D printer services with a 3D scanner
    Cocos Keeling Islands $10,000Extension of services to Home Island
    Coorow $10,000Installation of CCTV cameras
    Cunderdin $9,878Movie screen and accompanying hardware
    Dalwallinu $2,547Electronic document binder
    Dandaragan $10,000Upgrade computer systems and software
    Djarindjin $10,000Media computer and 3D printer to reproduce artworks at CRC
    Dongara $10,000Full technology upgrade for the CRC
    Dowerin $5,665Upgrade computer and accounting software and purchase of PCs and Kodak instant print kiosk
    Gingin $10,000Upgrade server, software and printer
    Goomalling $6,960Multimedia package – Macbook Pro and Nikon Z50 Camera, associated software
    Jurien Bay $10,000Outreach service to Cervantes one day per week
    Koorda $6,757Upgrade of hardware to improve client services, specifically telehealth
    Lancelin $9,397Upgrade computer systems and software for the CRC, including improved printer
    Leeman Green Head $10,000Renovate CRC to provide room for video conferencing
    Marble Bar $10,000Upgrade of CRC hardware including improved public access computers and monitors
    Merredin $10,000Refit of Merredin CRC reception and service area
    Mingenew $10,000Office 365 upgrade and purchase of laptops to allow for remote and offsite work
    Mowanjum $10,000Purchase of 10 Dell laptops to replace existing laptops
    Mullewa $4,238Purchase of large screen for meeting room and 2 CPUs
    Shark Bay $5,792Provide a mobile service delivery
    Tom Price $9,870Install photolab in CRC
    Westonia $7,333Upgrade of printer and installation of smartboard
    Wongan Hills $10,000Improve desktop publishing services through the upgrade of 3 staff computers
    Wyalkatchem $9,453Produce films and historical oral histories
    York $10,000Upgrade computer hardware to deliver Indigenous language and seniors services


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