Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Network review to benefit regional WA

    24/10/2013 12:00 AM
     
    • Minister releases report outlining recommendations to enhance WACRN
    • 110 Community Resource Centres reviewed by Regional Development Trust

    Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls has released a report containing recommendations to maximise the role of the Western Australian Community Resource Network (WACRN).

     

    Mr Grylls said the report would help determine the future of the network, consisting of more than 100 not-for-profit regional Community Resource Centres (CRC).

     

    The Minister ordered a review of the network by the Regional Development Trust to evaluate the current and potential contribution of the WACRN towards regional service delivery and development.

     

    The WACRN offers services, such as events, activities and training pathways, and is supported and funded through the Department of Regional Development and the Royalties for Regions program.

     

    Mr Grylls said 10 key recommendations were made by the trust following more than six months of consultations, interviews and evidence-based evaluation of the network.

     

    Some of the recommendations include a focus on greater collaboration between all levels of Government and the need to align CRC funding and business planning to an outcome-based approach.

     

    The department, in consultation with CRCs, will also work to make the centres more financially self-sustainable.

     

    “We’re trying to maximise the role the network plays in the community and plan for the future of the centres,” the Minister said.

     

    “They provide an invaluable service already, but my aim is to further increase their growth, relevance and value to communities.”

     

    The Department of Regional Development will now hold regional community consultation sessions across the State to explore what the recommendations mean for the network.

     

    The sessions will keep stakeholders informed and seek feedback from interested parties.

     

    Changes to the network are expected to be finalised by mid-2014.

     

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