Community centres’ deadline extended

THE Murraylands’ community centres will have to spend a few extra months in limbo before finding out whether their State Government funding will continue.

The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) will now take until early December to choose from among tenders, or applications, to its Family and Community Development Program, the main source of funding to community centres around the State.

A DSCI spokesman said the delay was prompted by the surprisingly high number of tenders received.

“Despite the time pressures, DCSI is committed to giving full consideration to each proposal,” he said.

“DCSI had aimed to have the proposals evaluated by the end of the month, but this has now been extended and agencies are expected to be informed on the outcome by early December.

“The new service agreements will come into effect on March 1, 2014.”

Current funding arrangements, were due to expire on December 31, but will be extended to February 28 to ensure services can continue in the meantime.

Milang Old School House Community Centre is one of dozens of centres around the state that will now have to wait until December to find out if they will continue to receive government funding.

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