Changes to cen­tre fund­ing ‘not good’

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Chloe Fraser

CUTS to com­mu­nity re­source cen­tres will re­sult in a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion of ser­vices and gen­eral belt-tight­en­ing ac­cord­ing to cen­tre man­agers across the re­gion.

A two-tier sys­tem con­firmed in the State Bud­get will see cen­tre fund­ing slashed by al­most 40 per cent in some re­gional ar­eas.

Un­der the cuts, tier one cen­tres will re­ceive $70,000 a year, while oth­ers will re­ceive $50,000 a year if lo­cated in a com­mu­nity of more than 3000 peo­ple and within 30km to an­other re­source cen­tre or ma­jor re­gional cen­tre.

Bridgetown, Don­ny­brook, Green­bushes and Man­jimup are among the the 27 tier two cen­tres in the State to re­ceive $50,000, while Walpole was one of the 76 tier one cen­tres. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from sev­eral cen­tres in the re­gion say the pro­posed fund­ing cuts would have a pro­found im­pact on avail­abil­ity of re­sources and could leave re­gional com­mu­ni­ties be­hind.

Boyup Brook cen­tre man­ager Jodi Nield said while it was not solely re­liant on fund­ing, the 30 per cent cut would re­sult in re­stricted sup­port to the com­mu­nity.

“It’s def­i­nitely go­ing to have an im­pact,” Mrs Nield said.

“It will mean re­duced ser­vice de­liv­ery and re­duced open­ing hours.

“We may not be able to de­liver as many ser­vices as we cur­rently do.

“It may also limit our abil­ity to be able to (in­clude) other in­comegen­er­at­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Walpole cen­tre man­ager Dal­las Parkes also ques­tioned the cuts.

Mrs Parkes said while Walpole was a tier one cen­tre, the cuts would re­sult in gen­eral belt­tight­en­ing across the board.

“Our open­ing hours won’t change but we will have to do without lux­u­ries,” she said.

“My­self and the op­er­a­tions man­ager here will have to cut down our hours.

“The less hours we do here, means the less time we will be help­ing peo­ple.

“We will sur­vive, but it’s not good.”

In a me­dia state­ment, Linkwest chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jane Chilcott said CRC’s pro­vided es­sen­tial ser­vices and it was un­clear why they were be­ing tar­geted.

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