Not-for-prof­its vi­tal part of sup­port­ing com­mu­ni­ties


Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS/OPINION - Robert Hicks Robert Hicks is the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Gold­fields In­di­vid­ual and Fam­ily Sup­port As­so­ci­a­tion

In Novem­ber 2017 this news­pa­per re­ported on the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions in this re­gion and co-or­di­na­tion thereof.

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boul­der chief ex­ec­u­tive floated the idea of a re­gional co-or­di­na­tor model based on en­gag­ing a re­gional com­mis­sioner.

It was sug­gested this model, with lo­cal knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing, would be ideal and would need govern­ment sup­port. Mem­ber for Kalgoorlie Kyran O’Don­nell stated his sup­port for the con­cept. So where is the NFP sec­tor at? Ad­vo­cates have been high­light­ing the ad­di­tional costs, which are be­ing ab­sorbed by ser­vice providers like GIFSA.

There is a per­cep­tion gov­ern­ments are squeez­ing NFPs in do­ing more with less.

It is true NFPs are gen­er­ally un­der in­creas­ing fis­cal pres­sure due to changes in Govern­ment pol­icy set­tings.

The same pres­sures ap­ply to the pub­lic sec­tor as the Govern­ment un­der­takes “budget re­pair”.

One of the chal­lenges for NFPs is the for-profit sec­tor com­pet­ing for ser­vice de­liv­ery op­por­tu­ni­ties that have tra­di­tion­ally been the man­date of the NFP sec­tor.

The com­pet­i­tive ten­sions be­tween these two sec­tors could cre­ate a headache for the State Govern­ment.

What we do know is that across govern­ment, there is no one re­spon­si­ble for the NFP sec­tor and that is very true in the Gold­fields-Esper­ance re­gion.

One of the City of Kal­go­or­lieBoul­der’s growth plan­ning fo­cus groups has as one of its priorities sup­port for NFPs, but get­ting trac­tion has been difficult.

In this con­text it is im­por­tant to note the State Govern­ment’s Sup­port­ing Com­mu­ni­ties Fo­rum re­mit is to sup­port im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Sup­port­ing Com­mu­ni­ties Pol­icy.

How­ever, much more needs to be done to de­liver “qual­ity ser­vices to the com­mu­nity” as stated in the pol­icy, and NFPs are cen­tral to that as­pi­ra­tion.

If NFPs fail, com­mu­ni­ties fail.

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

The pro­posed Kalgoorlie Golf Club Re­sort and Club­house.

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