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Loddon tops 'desert' list

LODDON Shire is top of Rural Councils Victoria’s list for the State Government to open one of 50 new child care centres.

RCV says Mitichell Institute research shows Loddon is the only municipality in country Victoria without any child care.

Deputy chair Jane Odgen said: “New child care centres are vitally important for rural Victorians, the majority of whom live in child care deserts, where the availability of child care places is woefully inadequate.

“Lack of child care leads to poorer education outcomes, narrower career choices, crimps future job opportunities and harms rural communities and rural economies, with consequences for the whole state.

“We urge the State Government, as a matter of urgency, to ensure that rural Victorians get their fair share of this $9 billion investment in early childhood education, particularly in staffing the child care centres.“


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