Council strive to continue with development of new Childcare Centre in Tom Price

Published on Friday, 25 October 2019 at 12:00:00 AM

At this month’s Council Meeting, councillors considered the next step in moving towards seeing a new Childcare Centre built in Tom Price.   Despite funding commitment from both Rio Tinto and the Shire, additional financial support is required to complete the $6m facility.   Previous applications to the State and Federal Government, based on a 125 place centre, have been unsuccessful, with feedback from numerous assessment panels dictating a 96 place centre would be more favourable based on demand assessment data.

Council agreed that a facility capacity of 96 places, which is in line with the demand assessment, would improve the ability to obtain the additional funding required, and in turn enable the development to proceed.   As such, a funding proposal will now be prepared for State government consideration.   It is anticipated that Council will receive a response to the funding request by the end of the year, and, once secured, plans can progress to final designs and tender issue.

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