Progress on Indi childcare
Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has welcomed progress by the Department of Education, Local Governments and providers including Wodonga TAFE in response to the closure of five childcare centres in small rural communities in the electorate.
A roundtable in Wodonga on Monday addressed the closures of the centres at Mitta, Walwa, Kergunyah, Baranduda and Bellbridge in North East Victoria, as well as Henty and Walla in NSW.
“I thank Minister Dan Tehan and his staff; the Department of Education; Indigo, Towong and Greater Hume councils; and Wodonga TAFE, who have been involved in discussions with communities and providers since Monday to find solutions for these families,” Ms McGowan said.
“There is still a lot of work to be done but there is tremendous goodwill among the parties to ensure these children can continue to be cared for in their communities.
“I look forward to seeing further progress in the new year on interim and permanent arrangements for these centres, supported by Federal Government funding.”
The Department of Education has confirmed the Towong Shire and Wodonga TAFE have come forward to express an interest in operating services in Walwa, Bellbridge and Mitta from January 2019. Kergunyah remains under consideration by providers, with some families having found alternative childcare arrangements. Discussions are continuing about the future of the Baranduda centre.
Greater Hume Council are on track to re-open the centres in Henty and Walla in the new year.