Call for de­ci­sion to be re­versed

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.”

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