Call for decision to be reversed
Ms Poggenpoel said the closure of the centre would remove community services and workplace participation, and would be in direct opposition to the findings of the committee for Perth’s ‘Filling the Pool’ study findings.
She said the centre wanted the Government to reverse the decision.
“In the worst-case scenario, we would have to make our staff redundant and force families to seek alternative arrangements,” she said.
“The City of Subiaco has been supportive, however they have indicated they are not interested in entering into a property managementlease agreement with Subicare.
“Subicare is approaching the State Government to request the decision be reversed. If this is not possible, we are requesting the State vest the land to the Subicare Association for continued operation of Subicare as a not-for-profit centre.”
The Government currently manages 33 properties across Perth which operate as childcare providers, all of which would be impacted under the changes.
Opposition community services spokeswoman Simone McGurk said Subicare was an important community hub for early childhood education and care.
“There is already a significant number of families on the waitlist for Subicare, how will this impact affordable childcare in the area for the people currently enrolled there and those waiting to enrol,” he said. “Hundreds of families rely on these community services and this change puts their future in doubt.”