Call for im­proved child care

Pilbara News - - State Election 2017 - Tom Zaun­mayr

Child­care and youth ser­vices have emerged as key is­sues for res­i­dents of the largest elec­torate in the State, ac­cord­ing to the re­gion’s can­di­dates.

North West Cen­tral MLA Vince Cata­nia said while fa­cil­i­ties in Parabur­doo and Onslow were good, Tom Price could use some at­ten­tion.

“Tom Price is in des­per­ate need of more day­care spots plus a new build­ing like what has been been built in Parabur­doo, and a youth cen­tre,” he said.

“Parabur­doo is good. You have your child­care places with the new fa­cil­ity, which has had a dra­matic ef­fect on peo­ple be­ing able to have places for kids to go. You’ve also got the Parabur­doo com­mu­nity hub due to com­mence this year.”

Mr Cata­nia said the skate park and sports pav­il­ion were good starts for youth en­gage­ment in Tom Price.

La­bor North West Cen­tral can­di­date Shane Hill said pro­vi­sion of child­care and youth ser­vices would be a priority of his.

“We can look at some of those other in­ter­est ar­eas be­cause not ev­ery­one is a keen fu­ture sports star,” he said.

“I don’t think we need to spend a lot of money on it — I think it just needs a new set of eyes and an­other re­think.

“In a com­mu­nity like Tom Price, you need a good child­care fa­cil­ity be­cause you often find both par­ents work­ing at the same time.”

Mr Hill said youth en­gage­ment pro­grams, bring­ing to­gether agen­cies and open­ing up school fa­cil­i­ties dur­ing hol­i­days were ideas he would like to pur­sue if he was voted in.

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