May 12, 2022

West Barunga Council speaks out on plans to address childcare gap | The recorder

Barunga West Council has responded to social media comments saying it is not doing enough to address the childcare shortage in Port Broughton.

Parents and carers in Port Broughton have had to travel to Port Pirie or Kadina to access already limited childcare services, which the Council has been working to address.

Chief executive Maree Wauchope said staff had been busy over the past 12 months finalizing a business case with Regional Development Australia which would hopefully bring childcare to Port Broughton.

“The Council has been busy helping the RDA finalize a business case which is essentially a document that sets out the way forward,” she said.

“The business case will finalize the cost of building a facility, then operating it, and define a governance model that will work.

“We looked at other facilities run by community groups, councils and the private sector.”

Ms Wauchope said they also looked at what Yorke Peninsula Council was doing and how it secured a grant worth more than $2million for childcare.

She wanted to assure the community that the Council is aware of the need for childcare and after-school care in the area and is trying to find solutions.

Ms Wauchope said a case for a childcare service will be presented to councilors at the May meeting, but Council will need to secure government and community support for any plans to go ahead .