Parkes MP Mark Coulton. File photo.
A mobile childcare service that supports 13 isolated communities from its Nyngan base has received $130,000 in federal funding.
The boost for the Bogan Bush Mobile Resource Unit is part of more than $2 million to flow into the Parkes electorate from a program supporting providers in regional, remote, rural, disadvantaged and indigenous areas.
Parkes MP Mark Coulton recently announced the Budget Based Funded Programme grants to a total of seven mobile services, which received his praise for their support of communities with no viable permanent option.
Mr Coulton said the funding grants were designed to help mobile services with the cost of upgrading their vehicle, training staff and buying new educational equipment including books, DVDs, toys and other resources.
The Bogan Bush Mobile Resource Unit, which received the maximum grant of $130,000, assists the communities of Marthaguy, Quambone, Nyngan, Trangie, Mullengudgery, Collie, Tottenham, Collerina, the Marra, Hermidale, Girilambone, Warren and Mungery.
The Lachlan Mobile Child Care Service and the Paroo Contact Children’s Mobile also received the maximum grant.
Bourke and District Children’s Service, Brewarrina Mobile Resource Van, Goonimoo Mobile Resource Van and Tharawonga Mobile Resource Unit received $30,000 each.
“The Abbott government is committed to ensuring Australian families have access to affordable, flexible, high-qualitychildcareno matter where they live,”Mr Coultonsaid.
“Thesemobileservicesdo a fantastic job supporting regional and remote communities where access to permanentchildcareservices, let alone places, is not always available.
“They provide the Parkes electorate with a broad range ofservicessuch as playgroups, vacationcare, on-farmcare, parenting support and toy and DVD-lending libraries.
“Having a reliable and safe vehicle will allow theseservicesto focus their time, money and energy on high-quality education andcare.
“This funding will also helpserviceswith the cost of training their staff to deal with the unique challenges that come with delivering high-qualitychildcareon the road.”
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