WA childcare and neighbourhood centres face closure as Nahan refuses to reverse cuts

WA childcare and neighbourhood centres face closure as Nahan refuses to reverse cuts

Child care workers and parents outraged at the Liberal Government’s cuts to funding for child care and neighbourhood centres came to State Parliament today, demanding the decision is reversed.

Around 65 not-for-profit community child care and neighbourhood centres across WA face an uncertain future, following the Barnett Liberal Government’s decision to cut accommodation assistance. The centres will have to either increase fees for parents or be forced to close their doors.

Joined by child care workers and parents from across Perth, Shadow Minister for Community Services Simone McGurk presented a Grievance to Treasurer Mike Nahan, who appeared to blame child care and neighbourhood centre staff for his decision to cut funding.

The Treasurer refused to continue funding so the centres can remain open.

“These centres provide incredibly important, quality services in their local community. They are fantastic local assets that are facing the axe because the Liberal Government has ruined the State’s finances,” Ms McGurk said.

“Dr Nahan’s response to the concerns of staff and parents was appalling. I’ve spoken to countless parents who are genuinely worried about the future of their local child care and neighbourhood centre and have heard nothing but praise for the hard-working staff.

“The big waiting lists at most of these centres show that Dr Nahan was way off the mark.

“The funding needed to keep the centres open is small compared to the bill taxpayers are having to foot for the Liberals’ waste and mismanagement.

“My WA Labor colleagues and I will continue to stand up for community-based child care and neighbourhood centres to ensure the community continues to have access to these vital services.”