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Tatura care centre closes

Gowrie Park Occasional Care program closed today and the children and staff got together one last time.

BOB NICOL December 14, 2012 2:29pm

Toni Serra and Chris Adams and the Tatura occasional care children on their last day.

Tatura’s Gowrie Park Occasional Care program closed on Friday, leaving a huge void in the town.

The program was run by Greater Shepparton City Council, which also provides occasional care to other centres including Toolamba.

Following the withdrawal of state funding last year, council sourced funds to ensure the Gowrie Park (Tatura) and Colliver Rd (Shepparton) occasional care programs would remain open until December 14 this year.

Mayor at the time, Cr Geoff Dobson, said after this date, programs at these two centres would have to close to free up space so they could meet the requirements of the Federal Government’s legislation to make 15 hours of kindergarten compulsory for all four year olds from next year.

Program leader Toni Serra said the closure of the centre, which this year catered for 15 youngsters, was a sad day for Tatura, leaving the ‘Cubby Hut’ at Tatura Community House as the town’s only occasional care centre.

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