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Don’t forget regional families in childcare package, urges McGowan

February 03, 2017

Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan is working with the government to ensure that regional Australians get a good deal in the latest round of negotiations around childcare reforms.

Ms McGowan is urging the government to make sure rural and regional families will not lose access to vital mobile childcare services.

“The proposed reforms may mean budget-based mobile services such as that offered by Albury Wodonga Community Early Years Childcare may no longer be viable,” Ms McGowan said.

“These services are used by rural families which often don’t have easy access to centre-based care.

“Funding reform is important but there needs to be adequate regard given to the impact on rural and regional communities.

Education Minister the Hon Simon Birmingham visited Indi in November 2016 at Ms McGowan’s invitation to hear firsthand from families about the impact of the proposed reforms.

“I am looking forward to productive discussions with the Minister before the legislation is put before the Parliament.

“This is another example of how the needs of regional Australians need to be considered when developing policy. It is increasingly urgent that a national plan for rural and regional Australia be developed to ensure a level playing field for all.”

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