$255,900 IN FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR PRESCHOOLS IN TAMWORTH REGION
Seventeen preschools in the Tamworth region will share $255,900 in relief provided during this tough drought period, part of a $3 million package for community preschools from the NSW Government.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the 2018 Drought Relief Payments will ensure early childhood education services can continue to operate during the adverse economic conditions associated with the drought period.
“Services can use this funding to assist families and children in a range of ways, including transport arrangements to maintain preschool participation, crisis planning or fee subsidies to further support families.
“This year has been one of the driest winters on record, which is why the NSW Government has committed more than $1 billion to date to help those who are struggling.
“These payments will ensure preschool services in Nundle, Werris Creek Boggabri, Gunnedah, Tamworth, Kootingal, Walcha, Manilla, Bendemeer and Barraba can continue to operate during the adverse economic conditions associated with the drought.
“We know how crucial it is to continue to support families and businesses in these areas who are struggling in the grip of this unprecedented drought.
“Right across the electorate, when I visit regional towns and communities it’s obvious how hard it is for our farmers. We are facing one of the driest years on record, resulting in failing crops, drastic water shortages and diminishing supply of fodder to sustain livestock.
“Our goal is to help alleviate some of the pressure on families by supporting early childhood services where attendance may have dropped due to socioeconomic pressures, and also to boost service operators coping with additional challenges,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Funding will be allocated to services based on their enrolment numbers and location, and will be scaled according to the level of drought intensity.
Further information is also available on the Department of Education’s website: https://education.nsw.gov.au/