The Shires of Katanning and Plantagenet will share in more than $34,000 to potentially enhance the sustainability of their local childcare centres.
The two grants are part of the four-year $9.3 million Regional Community Child Care Development Fund, made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
According to Member for Wagin Terry Waldron MLA, the Shire of Katanning has been granted $14,100 to undertake a feasibility study for a sustainable business model for Katanning Community Child Care Centre.
While, the Shire of Plantagenet will receive $20,425 to undertake a feasibility study to assess the needs and viability of the current early education and care centre.
“Congratulations to the two Shires on their successful applications, which will assist towards the sustainability of their local childcare services,” Mr Waldron said.
A further $100,000 grant under the program will provide childcare service providers in the State's South-West with access to extra support, resources and advocacy. This grant will enable community organisation 'Investing In Our Youth' to help regional SW service providers experiencing sustainability issues.
Mr Waldron said childcare services in regional Western Australia faced unique challenges, and sometimes extra support was required to ensure their long-term viability.
“Those living in the regions should be able to access quality childcare and State Government programs like this are ensuring these centres can continue to offer essential services to locals,” he said.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the grants would provide strategic support to facilitate the sustainability of regional childcare centres.
"The fund is responsive to the needs of young families living in rural and regional areas," Mr Redman said.
"This is an attractive benefit for families deciding to live in regional Western Australia and I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions investing in the sustainability of our regions."
Royalties for Regions promotes and facilitates economic, business and social development in regional WA for the benefit of all West Australians.
For more information, visit http://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au