This proposal means an approximated 25% cut in annual funding to the Dumbleyung CRC! The funding model has divided CRC’s into two tiers – tier one and tier two.
Our CRC automatically falls into tier one (with 76 of all 103 CRCs). The reduced funding means a possible reduction in opportunities and services we can offer you, our community! Changes that DPIRD have suggested may occur as of July 1, 2019 include:
-Reduced opening hours (possible 3-4 days week)
-Unknown future of the Quack Chat (fortnightly or ceasing)
-Reduced workshops and events (total five a year)
-Greater emphasis on online services and assistance
-Greater emphasis on video conferencing
-Reduced funding for trainee opportunities
-Reduction in staff
What next? This model is a ‘proposed funding structure’ and the Statewide CRC network will provide DPIRD feedback in the coming weeks. As a network we meet and talk regularly and are still pushing for no reduction in funding and for DPIRD to reinstate the $5milllion it is taking out of regional and remote WA.
We still need your help! Keep sharing your CRC stories and the positive impact the CRC has on your life or the life of someone you know. Are we your social and community hub, did we help you with technology issues, did you upskill yourself at a workshop, are you more connected to our community thanks to the Quack Chat? Put pen to paper and write to the Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC, write a letter to the editor of the West Australian, share your story on social media and tag @CRCsaretheAnswer or call/text in to your favourite radio station the next time they are talking about CRC’s.
If you have any questions please pop in and see us or call us on 9863 4829. Watch this space for CRC funding news and the future of your CRC.