DUMBLEYUNG moved one step closer to establishing a community resource centre (CRC) after a meeting of interested community members last week.
The meeting, also attended by Dumbleyung Shire chief executive Henry Van Der Ende, discussed how to move forward with the establishment of the centre, including the setting out of its terms of reference and constitution.
Mr Van Der Ende said the Dumbleyung community had a lot to gain from setting up a resource centre, which once established would be partly funded by the Department of Regional Development, including funding for a co-ordinator and trainees.
Mr Van Der Ende said the centre could also possibly take over services that the council currently offered, including photocopying, laminating and producing the council newsletter.
It may also be able to offer training workshops, tourism information, computer services and secretarial services to local community groups, struggling to find volunteers to fill this role.
Community member Chelsea Gellard, who first approached the council with the idea of setting up a CRC, said this could be a good source of income for the centre.
Ms Gellard originally approached the council as she felt there was a need for a CRC in Dumbleyung and after researching the funding available, gained a positive response from the Department of Regional Development.
Mr Van Der Ende said once established, the CRC would operate as a self- supporting business.
“The CRC will be an independent body which will make its own decisions, although it can work with the council,” he said.
“Although funding is available for a co-ordinator, it can also be operated by volunteers.”
Mr Van Der Ende said the shire was willing to let the centre operate out of the vacant building in the main street next to the Landcare centre for 12 months, rent free.
Another meeting will be held on August 7 at 6pm in the council chambers to elect committee members, a secretary, treasurer and chairperson.
This committee will ultimately oversee the running of the CRC.