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Extra child care funding for New England.

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Sandy Macdonald The Nationals Senator for NSW 12 July 2004

Extra child care funding for New England

Glen Innes families will benefit with the Gum Tree Glen Child Care Centre receiving an additional $39,806 in funding from the Australian Government, NSW Senator Sandy Macdonald announced today.

“This funding is through the Disadvantaged Area Subsidy, which recognises that rural and regional child care centres often face extra costs in providing care for children in the community,” Senator Macdonald said.

“This will provide a real boost for Glen Innes families. Often rural and regional families have fewer child care choices than their city counterparts and it is important for these existing centres to be supported,” he said.

“Families living in rural areas are often faced with situations when both parents need to be at work and at times like these, easy access to quality child care is vital.”

Senator Macdonald said the Australian Government is committed to improving access to quality child care for families in all communities.

“This funding demonstrates that child care centres such as Gum Tree Glen are important in the community,” he said.

To assist with the cost of child care, families that use Australian Government approved child care services can claim a means-tested Child Care Benefit of up to $140.50 a week.

Families who need further information about child care can contact the Australian Government’s National Child Care Access Hotline on 1800 670 305.

NB. Senator Macdonald will not be available for media comment.

Media Contact: Rachel Kingsford Smith 6766 6998 / 0427 570 506