CRC fo­cus on ac­tiv­i­ties not probe

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the $93,000 of miss­ing money at the Bod­ding­ton Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre has been put on hold by the cen­tre’s new com­mit­tee.

Ac­cord­ing to chair­man Peter Allen, the com­mit­tee has de­cided to put the in­ves­ti­ga­tion on hold in favour of fo­cus­ing on pro­vid­ing ser­vices to the Bod­ding­ton com­mu­nity.

“We’ve made a de­ci­sion at a com­mit­tee meet­ing to put the in­ves­ti­ga­tion aside and fo­cus our re­sources on the day-to-day run­ning of the place, ac­tiv­i­ties and meet­ing our com­mit­ment as a CRC,” he said.

In May this year, an in­de­pen­dent au­dit found that $93,000 was miss­ing from a grant given to the cen­tre in 2012.

The grant was given to Bod­ding­ton CRC to help ad­min­is­ter stu­dent trainee­ships on the Leeuwin Tall Ship by the De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­try and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment.

Mr Allen said the com­mit­tee hoped a re­port into the miss­ing money would be pre­pared and sub­mit­ted to the Min­is­ter of Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Alan­nah MacTier­nan’s of­fice by March.

Mr Allen es­ti­mates that a fur­ther $79,000 needs to be re­paid to DPIRD from the Leeuwin grant.

A DPIRD spokes­woman said in­ves­ti­ga­tions had not been put on hold, how­ever she would not spec­ify when they ex­pected re­pay­ments to be made or when the in­ves­ti­ga­tion should be con­cluded.

“The De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment is con­tin­u­ing to li­aise with the Bod­ding­ton CRC com­mit­tee to fi­nalise the bal­ance ow­ing and re­turn un­spent grant funds for the Leeuwin trainee grant to the State Gov­ern­ment, and li­ais­ing on the ap­pro­pri­ate time frame to de­liver this,” a spokes­woman told The Ob­server.

“DPIRD is en­gag­ing with the new Bod­ding­ton CRC com­mit­tee as it re-es­tab­lishes ser­vices to the com­mu­nity,” she said.

Ten­sions in Bod­ding­ton still re­main high over the han­dling of the CRC, with so­cial me­dia of­ten used as a flash­point for con­flict be­tween mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

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