Warnbro Community & Family Centre offered lifeline by State Govt

Westerly co-ordinator Tanya Miller and Warnbro Community & Family Centre coordinator Natalie McLaren were concerned about funding changes last year. Picture: Jon Hewson d470591
Westerly co-ordinator Tanya Miller and Warnbro Community & Family Centre coordinator Natalie McLaren were concerned about funding changes last year. Picture: Jon Hewson d470591

WARNBRO Community & Family Centre was facing a funding crisis, but has been offered a lifeline by the State Government.

Centre co-ordinator Natalie McLaren said a decision by the previous state government regarding funding for property maintenance, asset renewal and replacement costs would have affected the Warnbro centre, the Westerly Family Centre in Cooloongup and 34 other neighbourhood centres throughout WA.

However, the recent State Budget reversed the decision and allocated funding for accommodation support.

Over the next four years, $4 million has been allocated to continue the funding of 64 WA community neighbourhood and childcare centres.

The centres are made available at nominal rent to not-for-profit community and childcare organisations, which provide a range of community and family services.

“The centres in the Rockingham area have lived with two years of uncertainty,” Ms McLaren said.

“But thanks to the support from Community Services Minister Simone McGurk, the City of Rockingham, Linkwest and most importantly the members of our centre and wider community we may finally put this issue to rest.

“The Volunteer Management Committee from Warnbro Community & Family Centre Incorporated has worked tirelessly throughout this period to resolve this issue and can now focus on what is great and strong in this community and building capacity in the Rockingham area.”

Warnbro MLA Paul Papalia said the Warnbro Community & Family Centre was an important community resource used by local families.

Many families depend on the centre for playgroups, Nippers Out of School and vacation care and self defence classes for children.

The Centre also provides community services such as Down syndrome playgroups, career readiness for young parents, support groups for parents of sick and premature newborns and a meeting place for the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

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