Cath Williams is good at putting out fires, both as new director of Goodstart Early Learning in Moama and as a volunteer firefighter.IVY WISE February 22, 2013 4:59am
Goodstart Early Learning Moama director Cath Williams with Marley Goddard, 3, who attends the centre. Marley's mother Kylie Goddard is an early childcare educator.
Working with children and fighting fires may be worlds apart, but it makes for a balanced life for Cath Williams.
A volunteer firefighter with Moama Rural Fire Service for the past four years and a teacher of Certificate 3 and Diploma in Children’s Services at Campaspe College of Adult Education, Ms Williams became the new director of Goodstart Early Learning in Moama on January 21.
The former educator at Goodstart Early Learning in Echuca, Ms Williams said she saw the potential to help the centre grow and develop under Goodstart Early Learning, following the not-for-profit syndicate’s takeover of ABC Learning Centres in 2009.
As director, Ms Williams said she hoped to keep occupancy rates up and staff consistent.
‘‘I also want to create links with the community. I believe (in the saying) ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ and .
‘‘It’s a busy job, but a good job.’’
After moving to the region from the Mornington Peninsula in 2009, the mother of two joined the Moama Rural Fire Service for the community involvement and to learn new skills.
‘‘Because it’s so far removed from child care, it gives me that balance between my roles,’’ she said.
With 15 to 20 active members on the books, Ms Williams said the service was always looking for more volunteers, particularly younger people.
Training is held every Tuesday at 7.30pm at the Moama fire station on the Cobb Hwy. Anyone interested can contact captain Steve Richmond on 0408
‘‘The camaraderie is fantastic and it is very family focused,’’ Ms Williams said.
‘‘Being a firie, I love that community involvement and I also hope to bring that to the (child care) centre.’’
Dozens of Euroa and district residents have gathered outside Euroa’s Amaroo aged-care facility for a groundbreaking ceremony.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Leitchville-Gunbower claimed honours in its A grade showdown against Lockington-Bamawm United yesterday, 53-31.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash could not confirm when or if Deniliquin’s health classification would be changed when in town a little more than a week ago.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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