Kristy Mather doesn’t know who is going to look after her daughter Mackenzii, 5, during the summer school holidays, when she goes off to work.
Kristy Mather doesn’t know who is going to look after her daughter Mackenzii, 5, during the summer school holidays, when she goes off to work. Kerri-Anne Mesner

Lack of child care in Moura

SUMMER school holidays are usually something to look forward to, but not for Kristy Mather and her daughter Mackenzii.

The lack of child care services in Moura has Ms Mather fretting about who will look after Mackenzii while she works two days a week.

“It’s going to be extremely difficult to find care for six weeks during the school holidays and I’m not the only working mother that thinks that,” she said.

“My husband works five days on, five days off. If his five days on falls on Monday to Friday, I can’t ask him to take two days off to care for our daughter.”

The only child care facility in Moura opens from 8.30am to 12.30pm Monday to Friday.

Ms Mather said child care was not the only issue the town was facing for the summer with the swimming pool facility having a number of problems over the past few seasons.

The 50m swimming pool was closed all last season due to a leak and the pump for the smaller pool broke down last summer.

The State Government allocated $1 million in January 2009 to upgrade the Moura Aquatic Centre to include heating.

“We are still waiting for the aquatic centre that would have a heated pool to be open 12 months of the year,” Ms Mather said.



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