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$260,000 to help Territory child care centres.



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SENATOR NIGEL SCULLION

Senator for the Northern Territory

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26 May 2004

$260,000 to help Territory child care centres Eight child care centres across the Territory will receive a total of more than $260,000 from the Federal Government to improve their facilities.

CLP Senator Nigel Scullion said today that the minor capital upgrading funding for community-based long day care centres had been approved by the Federal Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Larry Anthony.

“These grants will help the centres deal with urgent health, safety and licensing issues,” Senator Scullion said.

“It is part of the on-going commitment from the Federal Government to child care services.”

The grants range from $46,674 to enable the Jinarni Childcare Centre at Nguiu to sound proof and insulate roofing in the central play area, to $5359 to relocate a shed-storage area at the Alice Springs Child Care Centre in Bath St.

The Alice centre will get a further $23,153 to create extra storage area.

Senator Scullion said the other grants were:

• Mt Lieberg Pipirriku Childcare Centre: $6710 to supply and install softfall and $8195 to supply and install shade.

• Yulara Childcare Centre: $10,923 to supply and install drainage and shade.

• Eastside Child Care Centre in Alice Springs: $15,697 to renovate Under 3s bathroom; $7499 to supply and install shade; and, $9880 to remove carpet and vinyl tiles and replace with lino.

• YMCA of Central Australia: $21,020 to upgrade bathroom; and $44,250 to convert storage area into over3s activity area.

• Na Wulg Wulg Family Care Service in Katherine: $40,000 to build a new staff room.

• Humpty Doo Community & Child Care Centre: $6325 to remove and replace tiles; and $16,120 to upgrade its kitchen area.

Senator Scullion said that the number of families using child care continued to grow and the Federal Government was helping by currently directing $2000 to families using approved child care through the Child Care Benefit payment.

“From July 5 families will benefit from a 2.4 per cent increase in the rate of Child Care Benefit payment,” he said.

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