CRC focus on activities not probe
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.