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 Member for Warren Blackwood, Terry Redman throwing his support behind the campaign.
“Our regional communities are appalled by the 40 per cent cut to funding for CRCs in the State Budget,” Mr Redman 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’.”
“Our 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,” Mr Redman said.
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, support local not-for-profit organisations, source funding for projects, offer training and education and run essential services like licensing, banking and Centrelink.
Nationals WA Leader Mia Davies said the cuts were a result of choices made by the Labor Government in the State Budget.
“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 visit www.miadavies.com.au and download the petition or post photos to Facebook or Twitter with #SupportourCRCs.