A key community service in Gunnedah has had a boost of more than $21,000 with a grant to purchase a new vehicle.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the Ooranga Mobile Early Childhood Service received $21,106.29 for a new vehicle as part of funding to provide services to families of Gunnedah and surrounding districts.

“As a government we are continuing to support the families in our region by increasing the number of community preschool places available in areas of need and demand. 

“This is fantastic news for Ooranga’s Mobile Service as it improves access to early learning with grants awarded through the Start Strong Capital Works Grants program.

“The drought has not relented, but neither will I as I continue to fight for funding to provide assistance to families doing it tough.

““This Government knows how important an early childhood education is with emotional, social and cognitive development. 

“So it is crucial we support services to nurture kids to be the best they can be in the years before school.

“Our goal is to help alleviate some of the pressure on families by supporting early childhood services where attendance may have dropped due to financial pressures, and also to boost service operators coping with additional challenges. 

“We know how important early childhood education opportunities are, and I want to thank the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning and Gunnedah local Sarah Mitchell for keeping the funding ball rolling for our littlest learners in a really tough time here in the rural regions,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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