Families in Kowanyama have every reason to celebrate as the Albanese Government extends early childhood education and care services in the region. The Hon Dr Anne Aly MP, Minister for Early Childhood Education, delivered this promising news on Friday, November 3.
Ani Seruvatu, Executive Manager of Community Services at Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, expressed her excitement, stating, “This expansion significantly enhances the availability of high-quality early childhood education in our community, aligning with our dedication to the well-being and development of our children—the future generation of Kowanyama.”
Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council has secured the new funding through the Community Child Care Fund Restricted (CCCFR) Expansion Closing the Gap grant opportunity.
Kevin Bell, CEO of Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, underlined the positive impact of this funding, emphasising, “It marks a substantial stride towards creating a brighter future for our community. With the backing of the Community Child Care Fund, we can enhance early childhood education and care services, ensuring greater accessibility for Kowanyama families.”
SNAICC, the national peak body for Indigenous children, will serve as a community partner for these new services, guaranteeing they are community-led and culturally sensitive, addressing the unique needs and values of Kowanyama’s residents.
Mayor Robbie Sands conveyed his appreciation for the government’s investment in the region, stating, “The commitment from both the Australian and Queensland Governments is a tremendous acknowledgment of our community’s needs. It demonstrates that our local input, channelled through our Community Safety Plan, has resonated with our Council team, enabling them to advocate successfully for this vital investment. This funding opens avenues for Council to create more employment opportunities, providing our residents with the chance to contribute to the local workforce while ensuring their children receive proper care in a local facility. We eagerly anticipate the positive transformations it will bring to Kowanyama.”
This expansion is part of the $575 million Community Childcare Fund, which aims to eliminate barriers to early childhood education participation by supporting the establishment and sustainability of services, particularly in regional and remote areas across Australia.
Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council is thrilled to be part of this initiative, anticipating a substantial positive impact on the local community through enhanced early childhood education and care services.