Katter welcomes funding lifeline

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The Member for Mount Isa, Rob Katter said he welcomed an extension of Queensland Government funding for the Children and Family Centres (CFCs) for a further six months.

Mr Katter raised the issue with Education Minister Kate Jones last week when it became clear that the Mount Isa and Doomadgee CFCs would run out of funding by the end of June.

“I addressed the Minister about it, after speaking to Father Mick and other key people about the value of the program.

“I’m pleased the Minister has committed to providing financial support for CFCs until the end of the year, and I’m sure the Mount Isa CFC, the Ngukuthati Children and Family Centre will be much relieved to hear that news,” Mr Katter said.

“CFCs do a great job with across a lot of disciplines including early childhood education and care, child and maternal health and family support.

“I do believe they are literally saving lives, and it’s important they’re properly funded,” Mr Katter said.

The CFCs were established and funded through the Indigenous Early Childhood Development National Partnership Agreement. Federal funding was stopped in June 2014 and Queensland Department of Education and Training had been maintaining operational costs until June 2015.


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