Not-for-profits vital part of supporting communities
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.
The proposed Kalgoorlie Golf Club Resort and Clubhouse.