Official Media Release

Preschools In Upper Hunter Receive A Bushfire Boost


Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that local preschools in bushfire impacted areas of the Upper Hunter Electorate will benefit from a one-off payment to provide fee relief and help with the recovery from this summer’s devastating fires.

Mr Johnsen announced the grants to 5 local preschools, with more than 200 community preschools receiving similar grants across NSW.

“Preschools are crucial to our local rural and regional communities, bringing them together and allowing parents to rebuild while their children are educated and cared for,” Mr Johnsen said.

“We know many communities across NSW have been hit hard by these fires, which is why the NSW Government will make a one-off payment of $10,000 to community preschools and mobile preschools to provide fee relief for impacted families.”

“The payments are another way the Liberal and Nationals Government are supporting bushfire communities get back on their feet.

Preschools in the Upper Hunter Electorate to receive funding are:

  • Gloucester Pre-School
  • Singleton Mobile Pre-School
  • Singleton Heights Pre-School
  • Singleton Pre-School
  • Stroud Neighbourhood Children’s Co-operative

“This funding will help relieve some of that pressure, allowing services to provide fee relief and other additional supports for their communities,” Mr Johnsen said.

“Families in across NSW have been hit hard by fire and floods this summer and focused support for preschools will help everyone from the families staff and broader community.”

“Payments will be made from the end of this week and paid automatically to eligible services; no application is required,” Mr Johnsen concluded.

The payments can be used for a range of activities including fee relief for families, counselling support, and rectifying fire damage and fire preparedness.

Commonwealth funded services that are eligible for Child Care Subsidy can apply for grants through the Community Child Care Fund and families suffering financial hardship can access fee relief through the Additional Child Care Subsidy.

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