Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

At the end of Au­gust we closed our doors to Cubby House due to lack of num­bers mak­ing it an un­sus­tain­able ser­vice.

The li­cence is sus­pended for 12 months. Ob­vi­ously we do not want to wait till the end of the 12month pe­riod to de­cide its fu­ture as such I am writ­ing to find out from fam­i­lies if they want to at­tend the Cubby House.

At a meet­ing and via many phone calls I ad­vised fam­i­lies that we would re­view Cubby House com­ing into 2016. If we have the in­ter­est in the Cubby House reopening as a ser­vice we would need to em­ploy staff and get the cen­tre or­gan­ised for Jan­uary 2016.

We re­quire 21 par­tic­i­pants daily to

make it a vi­able ser­vice. Presently I have five fam­i­lies keen to see it re-open.

If we don’t have the num­bers we need to look at other op­tions for the build­ing. Presently it is closed. This whole is­sue iden­ti­fied that in our com­mu­nity we have a higher pro­por­tion of chil­dren aged 5-12 years than 0-5 years.

The af­ter school sup­ports for this age group are ex­tremely lim­ited.

At the cen­tre we have dis­cussed other pos­si­ble uses of the build­ing and iden­ti­fied af­ter school care, va­ca­tion and fam­ily sup­port ser­vices are a ne­ces­sity in the area and sadly lack­ing.

While we have not de­vel­oped this fur­ther, if we do not have the num­bers for Cubby House we will need to look at

al­ter­nate op­tions. I am invit­ing all fam­i­lies who are in­ter­ested to con­tact me as soon as pos­si­ble so that de­ci­sions may be made. Please call me on 40995518 or email man­ager@pdnc.org.au

Siob­han Del­gado, Port Dou­glas

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