Member for Ripon, Louise Staley today announced that an elected Liberal Nationals government will fund a long daycare centre for Charlton.
Ms Staley announced that an elected Liberal Nationals Government would provide $340,000 to renovate the extension of the current Maternal and Child Health Care Centre. The project will see the site transitioned to an integrated children’s hub, with facilities for 22 children, great access for parents and conveniently located close to the High Street.
“For too long families in Charlton have had to choose between no childcare or driving up to two hours each day to access their closest daycare in St. Arnaud,”
“Parents in Charlton have been unable to return to work because of a lack of daycare. Today’s announcement finally gives those parents the option that they need.” Ms Staley said.
“Lack of access to childcare for families in and around Charlton is a major economic barrier to the whole area’s development. Currently, the region misses out on the skills of nurses, teachers, podiatrists and skilled office staff, amongst other professions, just because of a lack of childcare.”
The announcement was welcomed by Buloke Shire Council and many local Charlton families.
Buloke Shire Council Mayor Cr David Pollard said, “Availability to childcare is vitally important to young Buloke families and the wider community. We would like to attract young families to employment, but workforce management and recruitment are difficult when childcare is in short supply. We welcome projects which improve childcare access in Charlton and across the region.”
“This is a priority project for the Buloke Shire Council but more importantly, for the Charlton community,” Ms Staley said.
“Unlike the city-centric Labor government who have spent the last four years ignoring the Charlton community, the Liberals understand what our local communities because we live and work in them,”
“The Charlton community has been calling for this much-needed long daycare centre for years, and it is great news that an elected Liberal Nationals Government will able to deliver this project for them.” Ms Staley said.
Only a Liberal Nationals Government will deliver this important project for parents and families in Charlton.