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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14831

To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in parliament:

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House that:

The Aldinga Community Child Care Centre's Out of School Hours Care Program is located at Aldinga Primary School, which has 694 students. The Commonwealth Government has allocated only 24 funded before school care places, 30 funded after school care places and 60 funded vacation care places, which is completely inadequate for the Aldinga Primary School's student numbers let alone other schools in the service area.

The Aldinga Community Child Care Centre has waiting lists to provide care for children aged 0-5 years. The centre was initially licensed and funded for 45 child care places rising to 62 child care places in 1998. Due to the significant increase in community population since 1998 there is a clear failure to provide the community with adequate child care places.

Many parents are unable to work or study during school holidays because there is no child care places available. We have licensing ability but not the funding.

The existing funding allocation for child care, out of school hour's care and vacation care does not meet community needs in this service area.

We therefore pray that the House will provide adequate funded places for child care, out of school hour's care and vacation care to meet the desperate need of our rapidly expanding community.

by Mr Cox (from 1,038 citizens)