Member of Lions Club – State Parliament
Issues affecting the operations of the Omeo Early Childhood Development Centre have still not been addressed by the Andrews Labor Government, according to Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, who is desperately seeking answers.
In March, Mr Bull asked the Minister for Early Childhood Education for a timeline as to when operational and capital works issues would be addressed at the facility, but almost two months later – nearly 30 days overdue for an answer – she has not responded.
“Having again been contacted by parents of children who attend the kinder, it is clear this is an important issue that needs addressing immediately,” Mr Bull said.
When initially raising the matter, Mr Bull said parents were disappointed with the lack of communication, particularly relating to works required to complete the facility.
“There are strong concerns this is now interfering with the services provided at this centre,” he told Parliament.
“Most critically, I have been informed the operator, UnitingCare Gippsland, is still waiting on the finalisation of its funding and service agreement with the Department of Education and Training.
“I am told the centre would not have opened if it were not for three parents and one community member, who spent the day before resumption of kinder mowing, whipper-snipping and clearing lawn clippings.
“While parents have raised these matters with the powers above, I understand they cannot get answers when this work will be attended to, which is the reason why I am seeking a timeframe on when this will be completed,” he said.
Having formally reminded the Minister to answer, Mr Bull is hopeful of these matters being addressed in the near future.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018