Pilbara Association of Non-Government Organisations. (PANGO) A brief history to its inception. WHY?.
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PANGO – Pilbara Association of Non Government Organizations was formed in response to the concerns raised by NGOs that if the present expectations of funding bodies and associated agencies continued then the present level of service provision and administration was unsustainable. These issues were first raised by NGO’s who had attended a Regional Workshop conducted by ATSIS for its funded NGO services in December 2003.
The outcome of the meeting was that the members represented passed the following motion:
“We, as organisations that receive ATSIS funding are concerned at the increasing time and resources that are required to deliver services that are the responsibility of other government agencies due to the lack of provision of services provided by them and we request an immediate review of this to ensure an equitable outcome for all parties. The ATSIS services that are currently funded are not achieving all required outcomes as a result of this situation.”
In response to this situation, an invitation was extended to all NGO’s in the Hedland area regardless of funding sources to attend a forum in July 2004. The purpose was to discuss the merit of forming an association of NGO’s and to discuss the role, membership and proposed operation of any association.
At that July meeting, which was facilitated by Northern Edge Consultants, eleven agencies attended representing a cross section of service provision provided by the NGOs. All the agencies present echoed the issues and the concerns raised at the meeting in December
Administrating a service is time consuming and is complicated if the agency has a number of different funding sources all requiring the same information but at a different time and in their own preferred format.
NGO’s continually being expected to fill ‘the gap’ in the community if no other agency is currently responsible for service provision and then not being renumerated for that service at the next funding round.
The NGOs present decided that funding must be sought from an alternative source to independently employ a full time coordinator to operate the PANGO as it was identified that no one could take on the role in conjunction with their existing workload.
Northern Edge Consultants was contracted to source funding to establish the PANGO. A host agency was identified and PACC was extremely supportive in this process.
The position of coordinator has been filled and the PANGO is underway. We are all looking forward to the PANGO providing an opportunity for more effective networking and information sharing between the NGO’s themselves and with Government and private business organizations.
Total estimated funding to those groups from State and Federal government agencies, including “one-off” funding (e.g Lotterywest, PRDS etc) on an annual basis is approxiamately $9 million while assets and infrastructure owned by the organisations are valued in the vicinity of $16 million.