Call for improved child care
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.