Drought funding lowers fees

(Standing, from left) Adrianna Ballangarry, Karyn Giammichele, Kayley Jongkryg, Thomas George, Jennifer Koch and Phoebe Cooper; and (front row, from left) Megan Donges, Chloe Daly, Jenna Brand and daughter Poppy, Sarah Mitchell and Austin Curtin.
(Standing, from left) Adrianna Ballangarry, Karyn Giammichele, Kayley Jongkryg, Thomas George, Jennifer Koch and Phoebe Cooper; and (front row, from left) Megan Donges, Chloe Daly, Jenna Brand and daughter Poppy, Sarah Mitchell and Austin Curtin.

Tenterfield Preschool director Chloe Daly had the opportunity to thank Early Childhood Education minister Sarah Mitchell in person for drought relief funding which had a huge impact on the centre’s fees.

Ms Mitchell was accompanying MP Thomas George and Nationals candidate Austin Curtin on a visit to Tenterfield, and she was keen to get some feedback on the program.

The centre was deemed eligible for $11,000 in funding, which it decided to allocate to fee reduction. Every family using the centre needed to pay only $10 per child for the entire term. A term generally costs around $300.

Ms Daly said the drought is affecting not only farming families but also those in retail and other areas, so she was keen to see the money used to help families across the board.

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