The long-term future of the Tongala Cottage is dependent of support from sponsors.November 21, 2012 4:50am
Tongala Community and Activities Centre coordinator Danielle Florence, parent Sharynlee Shenfield, Cottagre staff member Jenny Riedell and parent Melissa Williams want to secure the long-term future of the childcare centre.
Supporters of Tongala’s The Cottage childcare centre are seeking sponsors to enable the facility to continue running in its current form.
The centre’s committee held a public meeting last week with 33 parents, staff members, Tongala Community Bank representatives and community members present to consider its future.
Tongala Community and Activities Centre co-ordinator Danielle Florence said three options were put forward and discussed at the meeting.
‘‘Option one was for TCAC to continue as managers of The Cottage and look for corporate sponsorship,’’ Ms Florence said.
‘‘This was agreed as the preferred option, and the one which we will pursue, and from this a group of parents have formed a fundraising committee.’’
The second option was for Kyabram Pre-School Management Committee to take over the operation of The Cottage.
Ms Florence said the preference of those present was to keep management of the centre in Tongala, however, this was accepted as a good back-up option.
‘‘We have previously met with representatives of KPMC and discussed this possibility,’’ she said.
‘‘The third option was to close The Cottage altogether, but this was unanimously rejected.’’
At the moment the centre has the funds to run until the end of the year but is seeking funding to run next year and beyond.
‘‘We want to look beyond 2013 as we don’t want to be in the same position 12 months down the line,’’ Ms Florence said.
‘‘The Cottage not only offers a great place for young children to socialise, it also provides work placements and experience for local people studying for child care and children’s services qualifications.’’
The centre needs about $9000 a year to continue running and the committee will be approaching businesses for sponsorship.
‘‘We’re in the process of putting together a package and one of the options we’re considering is for local businesses to sponsor a child for a day, for the year or to sponsor them for a term.’’
The Bureau of Meteorology has released a severe weather warning for regions that include Shepparton. It includes damaging winds and the potential for flash flooding.
Pete O’Neill and Abby Hicks are national champions at the completion of the 2015 Australian Barefoot Championships held last week.
GVAC women Rachel Pratt and Jacquie Fitzpatrick showed the men, and the large crowd at Rushworth Speedway on Saturday, March 28, they have what it takes when competing in the men’s classes.
Two international backpackers have taken aim at contractors who hired them to pick fruit in the region without payment.
Rochester boxing coach Chris Trewin and his team of dedicated trainers have been hitting the bag for more than six months and the results are beginning to show.
Local MP calls for community applications
A special event will take place at Pioneer Park on Sunday.
Jerilderie's born and bred Madeleine Harris has been recognised for her banking and finance career
Concerned Costerfield residents had the chance to voice their antimony health concerns last week after an independent facilitator was appointed.
Strathmerton clinched a win in the high-scoring game against Mathoura on the weekend in the PDFL North West competition.
Deniliquin swimming dynamo Stephen Dalzell has finished 13th overall in his preferred event at the Australian Age Championships.
Murray Goulburn Co-operative has set a date for a special meeting to vote on a new capital structure.
Emergency services are on scene of a two-car crash on the Midland Hwy, near Benalla. Two people have died. Traffic is being diverted.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.