Mayor's opinion put to Parliament

The importance of childcare to the future of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has been felt all the way to Federal Parliament after Mayor Ron Yuryevich was quoted during Friday’s question time.

The Federal Government announced last week the productivity commission will conduct an inquiry into the childcare industry and how it can be made more affordable, accessible and flexible into the future.

Mr Yuryevich applauded the decision to launch the inquiry and said the childcare industry is a key part of regional city’s being able to grow.

“The childcare facilities in the city are extremely important to the ongoing development of Kalgoorlie-Boulder as a lot of workers don’t have immediate family here,” he said.

“This means grandparents can’t be relied on to look after the children so they must try and get childcare, and if they can’t do that they might reassess whether they are able to work.”

Assistant Minister for Education Susan Ley used Friday’s question time to bring light to these comments in highlighting the importance of childcare to regional communities.

“Everybody is coming on board with our Productivity Commission inquiry and people are lining up to talk about it,” she said.

“The Kalgoorlie Miner and the member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson, talked about the importance of childcare for regional communities.

“The Mayor of Kalgoorlie-Boulder said the inability for workers to find affordable childcare will inhibit the city’s ability to grow.”