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An extra $2.41 million to provide critical child care services in O’Connor

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson says an additional $2,410,086 to support vital child care services in O’Connor will help meet the crucial needs of local families.

Six services in the Southern Forest region will receive funding through the Morrison Government’s Community Child Care Fund (CCCF).

Mr Wilson said the CCCF helps improve access to child care and increase workforce participation in remote, regional and disadvantaged communities.

Centres in the Southern Forest region to benefit include:

SuburbProviderServiceFunding recommended
WALPOLEWalpole Family Centre Inc.Walpole Child Care Centre$                            400,000
MANJIMUPTHE YOUNG MEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA INCORPORATEDYMCA Timber Tots Early Learning Centre$                            129,273
DENMARKEttedo Pty LtdLittle Whalers Day Care Centre$                            180,000
DENMARKDENMARK OCCASIONAL DAYCARE CENTRE INCDenmark Occasional Day Care Centre$                                8,000
PEMBERTONPemberton Community Child Care Centre IncLittle Taddies Child Care Centre$                              80,000
NORTHCLIFFENorthcliffe Family Centre IncorporatedKarri Kids Child Care$                              34,948

“This funding will help local child care services improve access to quality care, particularly in more regional areas such as the Southern Forest region,” Mr Wilson said.

“It will be good for our local kids, good for our hard-working families and ultimately for our community. It will also have a positive economic benefit by allowing more local parents to get back into work or to take on additional hours if they choose.

“The funds will provide support to keep centres operating, or to fund capital projects to improve services and increase the number of places available.”

Mr Wilson said the grants will have tangible benefits for child care providers that will flow to local children and their families.

“It means more families in O’Connor can take advantage of our Child Care Subsidy if they choose to work, learn or volunteer.”

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said more than 640 child care services around Australia would share in more than $100 million through the program.

“We are committed to giving every Australian family access to quality child care, regardless of where they live or their circumstances,” Minister Tudge said.

“In some remote areas, there may only be one or two child care services operating and it is critical we keep these open and help improve and expand facilities so more kids can attend.

“This program also helps services to run initiatives that reduce barriers which may otherwise prevent local kids from accessing care.

Including this recent announcement, the Morrison Government has allocated more than $220 million to more than 1000 child care services through the Community Child Care Fund since 2018.

The Morrison Government is investing around $10 billion in child care this year to support around 1 million families. Our Budget delivered further support to reduce the out of pocket costs for parents with multiple children aged under six in care and a commitment to a $2 billion preschool funding agreement for access to early learning for all children in the year before school.

More information on the Community Child Care Fund can be found on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.