Uncertainty over Moura day care

CHILD CARE: Banana Shire deputy Mayor Maureen Clancy is hoping a private developer will would build a long day care centre in Moura.
CHILD CARE: Banana Shire deputy Mayor Maureen Clancy is hoping a private developer will would build a long day care centre in Moura.

THERE were mixed messages over Moura's lack of long day child care at the Banana Shire Council meeting last week.

When Councillor Maureen Clancy was questioned as to what the situation was, she firstly agreed with Mayor John Hooper that long day child care was crucial to the sustainability of Moura – but later indicated that she felt there was no need for such a service.

“It's not sustainable,” Cr Clancy said.

Cr Clancy said the current child care – which operates for half days, five days a week – had received only six enrolments for next year.

Then she pointed the finger at other authorities for the delay.

“They haven't got any money yet from the State Government,” Cr Clancy said.

“They've got funding from council and the Federal Government.

“It might never happen,” she said.

“Five years, they've been trying to get it.”

She said the Anglo American mine had promised $100,000 in 2006 and the State Government had promised $150,000 in 2009.

“We've been really hoping a private developer would build a long day centre,” Cr Clancy said.

Cr Clancy said plans drawn up for the long day centre would mean the current centre would have to close for 12 months while the new centre was built.

She said she hoped a solution – involving a separate building for the long day centre – would be achieved.

The lack of long day child care facilities in the town is one of two items that the newly established Moura Action Group is focusing on.

The State Government allocated $3.6 million in 2009 for the expansion of child care capacity in the Bowen Basin, including at Moura and Theodore.

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