Confirmation of cuts to the State’s CRC Network in the McGowan Government’s first budget has triggered a grassroots campaign to demonstrate the value and importance of CRC services to regional communities.
Support our CRCs was launched today, with Nationals WA Leader Mia Davies throwing her support behind the campaign.
“Our regional communities are appalled by the 40 per cent cut to funding for CRCs in the State Budget,” she said.
“We know how important these services are to the community and we’re inviting everyone to demonstrate their support publicly.”
In Parliament last week Premier Mark McGowan belittled the role of CRCs as nothing more than a place where people access the internet.
“The ignorance of the Labor Party was on display as the Premier pointed to his mobile phone and said ‘these days people have these things’,” Ms Davies said.
“Our Community Resource Centres offer so much more than a place to access the internet and the Premier’s comments highlight how little the Labor Party understands our regional communities.”
CRCs, formerly known as Telecentres, are independently run by community members.
They provide a shopfront for Government departments in communities where there are no services, they support local not-for-profit organisations, source funding for projects, offer training and education and run essential services like licensing, banking and Centrelink.
Ms Davies said the cuts were a result of choices made by the Labor Government in the State Budget.
“It is clear the priority of Labor is $5 billion of election commitments and Metronet. Ben Wyatt is telling everyone to tighten their belts but isn’t pulling back on Labor commitments,” she said.
“The truth is Royalties for Regions is being raided, higher payroll tax imposed on 1300 businesses, the gold royalty rate is being hiked and household fees have been increased all so Labor can fund extravagant election promises, not pay down debt.”
“The people running our CRCs do a brilliant job and we can’t afford to have the Network eroded or undervalued.”
To join the campaign download the petition or post photos to The Nationals WA Facebook or Twitter feed with #SupportourCRCs.
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