Fickle funding for Murraylands community centres
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Murray Bridge Community Centre community development worker Anna Scheepers, volunteer group members Stephen Fullston and Judith Brockhoff, computer tutor Clinton Nevin and volunteer group member Bruce MacGill are excited for the future of the centre.Community centres around the region are learning about the fate of their immediate future from the State Government’s Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.
The Murray Bridge Community Centre confirmed it would receive funding until the end of June 2016, but at least one other Murraylands centre has not been so lucky.
Murray Bridge centre community development worker Anna Scheepers said that through public participation the centre could secure its future and remain open.
“Some centres may have received funding for three years as opposed to one year … we got one, and we’re super grateful for that,” she said.
“In the meantime, we’re looking at different options to make the community centre more sustainable; so, eventually our goal is to not be dependent on funding at all.
“The most important thing is the community centre is not closing.”
She said a number of avenues could make self-sufficiency possible including work by volunteers, providing affordable courses and the hiring of facilities.
Ms Scheepers said the centre was working towards the possibility of opening another day a week to give young or disengaged people a place to congregate.
“We’re really positive and excited about the new challenges we have because it allows opportunities to grow and expand and be an asset to the community we serve,” she said.
She said the centre needed feedback about the direction it should go and what people would like to see so it could best serve the community.
Garden group member Judith Brockhoff said being involved with the community centre had been beneficial for many people.
“It’s a great place; people come here to feel better and build confidence,” she said.
“It would be a great loss if the community didn’t support it.”
But unlike Murray Bridge, the Mannum community centre was not successful in obtaining continued funding.
Mannum Community Hub program coordinator Tanya Mathews said the hub had applied for three years’ worth of funding, but had been unsuccessful due to the large amount of applicants.
“I bawled my eyes out,” Miss Mathews said.
“There was empathy and understanding from the department … the support offered from them in the interim is still there.”
She said it would mean the hub would have to apply for smaller grants for individual programs and build stronger relationships with other community groups.
“It would’ve been a lot easier to receive a bit bigger funding … it’s just time-consuming,” she said.
“The pressure to create programs on limited funds does your head in – you’ve got to find people with the skills who want to offer their time.”
Miss Mathews said ultimately, the lack of funding would mean the community would lose.
“We’re unable to promote the wellbeing, which is what’s intended,” she said.
“It will just not allow us to go with the plans and services we were going to offer to the community.”
The Tailem Bend Community Centre said it could not comment on its funding situation until a formal announcement had been made.
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