FROM THE EDITOR
Thanks to everyone who helped with or attended either of our ripper March events, being Women’s Business on the 8th and Tour de Quairading on the 18th. Both were very fun and major successes; it’s rare to experience both aspects in event management so for that we’re very grateful and enthused!
While our community events are understandably the most promoted, we have all sorts of other balls in the air here at the Quairading CRC. Every day we’re helping customers with new design and print jobs, assisting them with different life challenges and putting them in touch with the right people, collating and sharing local information both within our community (via the Banksia Bulletin and The Passion Sheet) and abroad through various networks, scouring the internets for new funding sources to help bring ideas to life, looking for new ways to help out local business and economy, managing room bookings, signing up gym members and regularly helping with your ever-interesting “technical difficulties” (one of which LITERALLY just came through the door as I am writing this). Plus the never ending list of admin duties required to run a successful business; despite being a not-for-profit organisation.
In recent months, the list has had the addition of “campaign like crazy and try to stop the State Government from ripping 40% (or more) out of our annual service contracts”. A potential and uncertain change like this is very hard to plan for and despite occupying a fantastic facility and being a very efficient and focussed Community Resource Centre (hell yes I’m tooting our own trumpet) - there’s no guarantee we’ll escape this proposed funding cut.
There are things you can do to TRY and stop them though. Come along to our Open House on Thursday 5th April from 5pm—or get in touch at any time—sign the petition on our counter urging for the cuts to be reversed and/or write a Letter of Support to Minister MacTiernan detailing how a funding cut and service reduction of your local CRC will affect you. If you’re not actually sure how it may affect you, this is a great reason to pop in on the 5th!
This month’s added bonus; a cute—yet totally professional—photo of moi...
Editor, Banksia Bulletin
Coordinator, Quairading CRC
Written by Jill Hayes, CRC Coordinator