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Child care boost for Charters Towers.



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SENATOR RON BOSWELL PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT AND REGIONAL SERVICES LEADER OF THE NATIONAL PARTY IN THE SENATE

SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

2 May 2003 B2003/43

Child care boost for Charters Towers M E D I A

R E L E A S E

National Party Senate Leader Ron Boswell today welcomed the allocation of funding which will help families in the Charters Towers area access child care services outside of school hours.

The Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association in Charters Towers will receive a $649 subsidy to assist its operations until 30 June 2003, after which it will receive a further $3,569 each year.

Senator Boswell said the Disadvantaged Area Subsidy funding was in recognition of the extra costs of providing child care in rural and remote areas and the extra support represented a real boost for families in the region.

“This Federal Government funding will benefit the Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association in Charters Towers and help ensure ongoing access to quality child care services in the area,” he said. “The funding provides for 30 vacation care places.”

“Families in rural and regional areas often have fewer child care options than their city counterparts and it is important that services in these areas receive additional support where possible.”

Senator Boswell said regional families can find themselves in difficult situations where both parents need to be at work on the farm, or are required to travel long distances for work. In times like these, easy access to quality child care is vital, he said.

Outside School Hours Care services provide care for children before and after school, and also during the school holidays helping parents balance the demands of work and family life.

“The Coalition Government is committed to providing affordable and quality child care services for all Australian families, regardless of where they live,” Senator Boswell said.

To assist with the costs of child care, families which use Commonwealth approved Outside School Care Services can claim Child Care Benefit.

More details about child care can be obtained by calling the national Child Care Access Hotline on 1800 670 305.

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