Councils’ award-winning Civic Place, which includes a State-of-the-Art Childcare Centre catering for 90 places of varying ages, was allocated $3m for its fit-out. However, at last Council Meeting the mayor reduced it by 50% to $1.5m and then re-allocated $1.5m to the Whitlam Center. That change generates important questions not raised at the Council Meeting since few, if any, Councillors knew of the Mayors’ proposed change.
- How will the 50% decrease in funding impact the Childcare Centre’s ability to cater for the specialised care and equipment needed by disadvantaged and disabled children, or will it simply not cater for them?
- How will the parents of children with disadvantages and disabilities find placements for their children when the desirable equipment is not available?
- Does the funding reduction impact on available spaces and will it detrimentally affect age ratios and community needs?
What is your opinion?
Councillor Peter Harle JP