The Salvation Army Tom Quinn Community Centre community services manager Tom Osborne is devastated the State Government has frozen their funding.
The Salvation Army Tom Quinn Community Centre community services manager Tom Osborne is devastated the State Government has frozen their funding. Max Fleet BUNTSA

Funds freeze at centre

STAFF at the Salvation Army's Tom Quinn Centre have been advised to look out for other jobs after the State Government froze funding for many of their programs.

The state's budget is normally handed down in June or July but is scheduled for September this year.

But Tom Quinn Centre community services manager Tom Osborne said with the State Government in a cost-cutting mood he was not confident they would get all their funding reinstated.

"I'm worried about how we're going to pay our staff," he said.

The centre employs about 30 people.

Mr Osborne said they were looking at all their options.

"If we have to make changes we'll try to keep as many staff as we can," he said.

"This is not a great time for our staff - they're feeling the effects."

Mr Osborne said even funding problems did not stop people going to the centre, which runs job training programs, for help.

"This doesn't stop people coming through the door, and the Salvation Army's policy is not to turn people away," he said.

"People are still coming to us knowing they will be looked after."

Mr Osborne said he knew the Tom Quinn Centre was not alone, with the state's public service also facing deep cuts.

"We're at the coalface, and if we're not here where do people go?" he said.

Mr Osborne said representatives of the Salvation Army had held discussions with state politicians trying to get some idea about their future.

He said it was a tense time waiting for the release of the budget so they could see what their situation was.

"Once we've got it we'll see what's left and what staff we can keep," he said.

Mr Osborne said it was a pity they were in the situation they were in.

"The Tom Quinn Centre has been a huge success. I can nearly guarantee that everyone who's come here has had their lives turned around," he said.

Mr Osborne said while more than 80% of their funding came from the State Government, there were still some programs running.

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But senior manager Steve Beer said they were confident the funding would be restored in the budget.

"It's just delayed by a few months," he said.