Media Statement 1 September 2016
$56 million investment to continue all 106 Community Resource Centres
Centres provide services and information to regional communities
Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program
Delivery of essential services, information and activities to regional and remote communities will continue, thanks to a $56 million Liberal National Government Royalties for Regions investment in the Western Australian Community Resource Network (WACRN).
Consisting of 106 Community Resource Centres (CRCs), the WACRN provides a physical community hub for the delivery of government services and information, as well as community development activities to about 50,000 people each month in regional and remote areas.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the availability of services through CRCs had a significant impact for those in regional locations and the State Government's continued investment would see the ongoing stability and security of these centres.
"CRCs have been operating since 1991, originally as Telecentres, and today act as shop fronts for many government services such as driver and licensing services for the Department of Transport, the Australian Taxation Office, Centrelink and Medicare," Mr Redman said.
"These CRCs employ up to 450 people, and more than 1,700 people are engaged in voluntary roles helping in the management and day to day operations.
"Through the Royalties for Regions $56 million investment, operation and expansion of these community hubs will continue and contribute to further developing the social fabric and quality of life for people living in regional and remote communities."
CRCs deliver essential services and information to regional and remote communities with average populations of under 1,000 people, including 10 in remote Aboriginal communities.
Since 2009, Royalties for Regions has invested more than $90 million to support the development and expansion of the WACRN in delivering essential services to regional and remote WA communities
$56 million from the Royalties for Regions Regional Community Services Fund will be invested over four years