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RELIEF FOR PRESCHOOLS ACROSS THE MONARO
Pre-schools in Bombala, Delegate, Nimmitabel, Cooma, Captains Flat, Braidwood and Bungendore will have some relief during this tough drought period, with the NSW Government announcing a $3 million package to provide financial support for a number of community preschools in NSW.
The Member for Monaro John Barilaro said these drought payments will ensure services in the Monaro can continue to operate during the adverse economic conditions associated with the drought period.
“Times are tough, but people in the Monaro are resilient and we need to keep functioning as normally as possible,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The Liberals & Nationals know how crucial it is to continue to support families and businesses in areas who are struggling.”
Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said it is crucial the NSW Government continues to support families to ensure children always have access to top quality early childhood education, no matter where they live or what their circumstances are.
“The Liberals & Nationals understand there are numerous social and economic flow-on affects from the drought, which affect businesses and communities just like those across the Monaro,” Ms Mitchell said.
“Our goal is to help alleviate some of the pressure on families by supporting early childhood services where attendance may have dropped due to socioeconomic pressures, and also to boost service operators coping with additional challenges.”
Funding will be allocated to services based on their enrolment numbers and location, and will be scaled according to the level of drought intensity.
Pre-schools to receive funding in the Monaro include:
Delegate & District Preschool $4,200
Bombala Pre-School Kindergarten $3,600
Nimmitabel Pre-School $4,000
Monaro Mobile Pre-School $4,700
Cooma Lambie Street Pre-School $7,800
Cooma North Pre-School $6,200
Captains Flat Community Pre-school $4,000
Braidwood Pre-School $10,800
Bungendore Pre-School $16,200
Services can use this funding to assist families and children in a range of ways, including transport arrangements to maintain preschool participation, crisis planning or fee subsidies to further support families.
To date the NSW Government has committed more than $1 billion to help those who are struggling as a result of the drought.