Member for South West Coast, Roma Britnell MP has called on the Andrews Labor Government to take action to rectify South West Coast’s childcare drought.
South West Coast is in the midst of a severe childcare shortage, with many families struggling to find suitable care for their children. The shortage of childcare places is placing enormous pressure on families and is impacting the region’s economic growth and productivity.
South West Coast’s dire childcare situation was highlighted in the 2022 Victoria University publication Deserts and Oases: How accessible is childcare in Australia.
“South West Coast is your oyster, except if you have small children and need childcare” Ms Britnell said.
“The lack of childcare places in South West Coast is causing immense stress for local families and businesses. The Andrews Labor Government must take urgent action to address this issue and provide more support for families in this region” Ms Britnell stated.
“The South West Coast community deserve access to affordable and high-quality childcare services. It’s time for the Andrews Labor Government to recognise the urgency of this issue and do something. One childcare centre promised for Portland at sometime in the future isn’t enough, we need action now” Ms Britnell said.