Dubbo Fam­ily Day Care scheme pro­posed in­crease in fees

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COUN­CIL has adopted a pro­posed in­crease in fees and in­tro­duc­tion of build­ing lease at the Dubbo Fam­ily Day Care scheme.

The Par­ent Ad­min­is­tra­tion Levy will in­crease from $1/hour to $1.75 per hour. The new levy will be phased in, in 25-cent in­cre­ments, start­ing this month to July 2018, from then to July 2019, and phase three from July 2019 to July 2020.

An al­ter­nate in­come stream was con­sid­ered and adopted whereby play­room fa­cil­i­ties are hired out to var­i­ous child­hood and NGO or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mu­nity groups with a to­tal ad­di­tional in­come per an­num op­por­tu­nity of $14,000.

Room hire of $20 per two-hour ses­sion, and re­source hire of $10 per ses­sion, has been im­ple­mented.

The pro­posed changes were on public dis­play for 28 days at the end of 2017, but no sub­mis­sions were re­ceived.

The pro­posal was mo­tioned by Coun­cil­lor Stephen Lawrence who noted the rec­om­men­da­tions, in­clud­ing that the in­crease in fees and the in­tro­duc­tion of new fees, are mon­i­tored so the Dubbo Fam­ily Day Care Scheme re­mains a vi­able and cost-ef­fec­tive op­tion for child care in the com­mu­nity.

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