Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP is calling on the Federal Labor Government to make good on their election commitment to help fund a new childcare centre in Kingston SE.

Both the Coalition and Labor committed to help fund a new centre with $1.8 million in Federal funding during the election campaign earlier this year.

Three months have now passed since the election and the Kingston District Council and the Kingston SE Early Learning and Childcare Services Working Group (KELCS) are still waiting for the ALP to formalise their commitment they made prior to the May 21 Federal Election.

Mr Pasin, who has been a staunch supporter of the project for many years, said without the new Federal Labor Government moving forward with their commitment, the project is stalled, and the community was feeling let down and forgotten.

“The benefits that a new childcare service in Kingston SE would bring are widely understood and this issue can’t be ignored any longer. My discussions with members of the Labor Party prior to the election assured me that Labor was on board with the project and understood how important it was for the region.

“We’re all feeling let down at the moment. Labor need to follow through with their election commitment and give the Kingston SE community an assurance in writing that this funding will be provided,” Mr Pasin said.

“All Australian families deserve access to quality childcare, regardless of where they live. Access to quality childcare is good for families, good for communities and good for local economies,” said Mr Pasin.



  • The Kingston SE community has been actively working to address a childcare shortage since 2017 with the KELCS being established in 2019 aiming to see the development and continuous operation of services which address early learning and childcare needs in the community.
  • The Kingston District Council was unsuccessful in an application to the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program for $1.8 million for childcare services.
  • The Coalition Government’s 2022 Federal Budget included $19.4 million to support the establishment of up to 20 new childcare services in regional and remote areas.


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