Kindy pushing forward for brighter future

Katter’s Australian Party State Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter has applauded the Hughenden Kindergarten and Early Childhood Centre community for rallying in the face of tough times.

Mr Katter stopped in at the kindy recently to congratulate the centre on securing new flooring, which was made possible thanks to a Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant he had endorsed.

He also offered his support to the centre, which has been facing some upheaval in recent months following a financial audit that highlighted significant gaps in funding.

The MP met with the centre’s committee members, Mel Eriksen, Sam Hamilton and Sara Haydon, who briefed him on the situation and advised of a reinvigorated funding model that would place a greater onus on securing grants and undertaking fundraising to future-proof the kindy.

Mr Katter said the centre played an important role in the local community and ensuring its viability was essential.

“The Hughenden Kindergarten is the only centre of its kind in town, and it makes it possible for parents to maintain their work while their kids are well-looked after and given a great early start to an education,” he said.

“It also provides before and after school care for primary school-aged children, relieving the stress of working parents who are out providing for their families.

“I have no doubt the committee is doing everything possible to pave a bright future for the kids currently attending the centre and those who will in the years to come.

“I encourage all Hughenden locals, and even those from outside the town, to offer its support to the kindergarten and to get behind its fundraising efforts.”

Hughenden Kindergarten and Early Childhood Centre president Samantha Hamilton said despite the recent issues, the facility was looking to a bright future.

“We have currently gone through a few challenges but the light is shining bright at the end of the tunnel,” she said.

“We thank Mr Katter for taking time to come and chat with (us) regarding our financial challenges and also thank him for endorsing the centre for a recent flooring grant that we received through the Community Benefit Gambling Fund.

“The Hughenden Kindergarten and Early Childhood Centre would also like to thank employee Jess Gibson for her assistance in applying for the grant.”

The Hughenden Kindergarten and Early Childhood centre is a not-for-profit, community-managed centre providing care for dozens of children aged from birth to primary school-aged.

To help it fund important improvements, the centre is currently doing a paver drive for past, present and current community members for $50 per paver to “pave the future” for the centre. For more information, contact 07 4741 1355.

If you or your organisation would like to apply for a grant through the Community Gambling Benefit Fund, please contact Mr Katter’s office for assistance.

Hughenden Kindergarten secretary Mel Eriksen and president Samantha Hamilton with Traeger MP Robbie Katter

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