Have a say on your child care needs

Moyne Shire councillor Daniel Meade is urging people to have their say on childcare in the eastern part of the shire. Picture: Rob Gunstone
Moyne Shire councillor Daniel Meade is urging people to have their say on childcare in the eastern part of the shire. Picture: Rob Gunstone

A potential shortfall in childcare services in the eastern part of Moyne Shire is being gauged by a council survey.

The online survey is asking residents of communities including Panmure, Garvoc, Naringal, Cudgee and Laang to give feedback about their child care needs and experiences.

Councillor Daniel Meade said anecdotally there had been a ‘baby boom’ in the area and there was a gap in services, and he urged people to use the opportunity to have input.

“We’e seeking feedback from families that may be interested in Moyne setting up a childcare service in that area,” Cr Meade said.

“At least if we get results back we can say whether there’s a need for it.”

At the 2016 census, Moyne recorded 967 people aged between zero and four, representing 5.9 per cent of respondents in the area. The rate was slightly below the state and national average of 6.3 per cent.

People aged between five and nine made up 7.2 per cent of respondents, above the state average of 6.2 per cent and the national one at 6.4 per cent.

Moyne Shire community services manager Jan Consedine said council had focused on the fact there were no childcare services in the eastern part of the shire, which prompted the survey being set up.

“We’ve identified there’s a bit of a gap,” Ms Consedine said.

“We went out and met with a group of families and they indicated they wanted children's services in their communities.”

The survey, available online at moyne.vic.gov.au/Our-Services/Family-Childrens-Services/East-Moyne-Childcare-Survey, closes on Sunday December 10.