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Bairnsdale needs proper baby changing facilities.

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Bairnsdale needs proper baby changing facilities

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Source: Darren Chester MP

East Gippsland residents are being encouraged to sign a petition calling for baby change facilities in Bairnsdale, to encourage more people to shop locally and support local businesses.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has met with a group of local mothers frustrated by the lack of baby change rooms and parenting facilities in Bairnsdale.

“All parents understand the need for a private area to feed and change their babies in a clean and comfortable environment,” Mr Chester said.

“The East Gippsland Shire is well aware of the need, but has so far it has been unable to offer any suitable solutions.

“The mothers’ group is circulating a petition and it is important that locals get on board and support this campaign to present a strong and united case if we are to progress this matter further.

“We need to provide these facilities for young families to encourage people to shop in Bairnsdale and local support local businesses.”

Mr Chester said in other regional towns, such as Sale, Traralgon or Morwell, shopping centres provided baby change facilities and toilet areas for parents with young children.

Mr Chester is encouraging local residents to sign the petition being circulated by the mothers’ group, which is available at:

· Mystic House - Nicholson St

· Pulse Pharmacy - Nicholson St

· Collins Booksellers - Main St

· Macleod Street Medical Centre - Macleod St

· Wards Solicitors - 10 Service St

· Karls Megasports - Main St

· Oopsi Daisy - Nicholson St

· Toyworld - Main St

· Advantage Pharmacy - Nicholson St

· Terry White Chemist - Cnr Main & Service St

· Medicare - Service St

· Nagle College

· EG Tafe

· Wy Yung Bakery

· ABC Childcare

· Buchan Bush Nursing Association - Buchan

The petitions will be collected toward the end of August to present to the Shire in early September.

Mr Chester said he had already raised the issue directly with the East Gippsland Shire Council, but so far the shire had been unable to offer any suitable sites.

He said he would continue to work with the group to find a solution and would support efforts to find a commercial partner to assist in establishing an appropriate facelift.