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Public meeting called on Moe and Newborough childcare provision

A public meeting has been called by Latrobe City Council to discuss the future of childcare facilities in the Moe and Newborough area.

By Latrobe City Council - 20th April 2001 - Back to News

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A public meeting has been called by Latrobe City Council to discuss the future of childcare facilities in the Moe and Newborough area. The meeting will take place at the Newborough Public Hall on Thursday 3 May at 7.30pm.

Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Brendan Jenkins, said the public meeting was part of the process of consultation by the Childcare Services Taskforce, which has been investigating the various options that would best meet the community’s future needs for childcare in the Moe and Newborough area.

"Latrobe City Council established a Childcare Services Review, and this has met in order to establish a broad range of options since January 2001," Cr Jenkins explained.

"Council presently provides almost a third of the childcare places in the Moe and Newborough area through the Moe Early Learning Centre (MELC) and the Moe Newborough Sports Centre (MNSC). However, the Moe Early Learning Centre is not currently owned by Latrobe City, and as there is no surety of the premises being available in the sustainable future, there is some urgency in establishing future delivery options," Cr Jenkins said.

"A Taskforce has been identifying all the childcare services in the Moe and Newborough area, and the total existing childcare places. After assessing future population trends and the number of likely childcare places that would be required, the Taskforce is able to estimate what services will be required to meet the anticipated demand, who would be likely to provide those services, and how they could be delivered," Cr Jenkins said.

Cr Jenkins said Latrobe City maintained a very strong commitment to the provision of quality childcare in the Moe and Newborough area, as demonstrated when Council created the Moe Early Learning Centre following the closure of the Magda Karwath Children’s Centre eighteen months ago.

"By undertaking this review we are tackling the uncertainty surrounding the long term provision of childcare services in Moe and Newborough, and identifying ways forward," Cr Jenkins said.

"We are now at the stage where we are keen to hear ideas from the community; and in calling this public meeting, we can explain the needs identified in the report. This meeting provides an opportunity to consult with the citizens using and likely to use childcare services, so that we can deliver to their expectations," Cr Jenkins concluded.


Source: www.gippsland.com

Published by: latrobecity@gippslander.com



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