Care for Christmas Island's kids gets a boost

Thanks to a $60,000 funding boost from the Australian Government, the Christmas Island (CI) Daycare Centre will increase its services to families on the island. The funding injection aligns with actions in the Our Christmas Island 2030 Strategic Plan.

The Australian Government provided $500,000 to the Indian Ocean Territories Regional Development Organisation (IOT RDO) in the 2019-20 Federal Budget, including $300,000 for community infrastructure projects on CI.

The Strategic Plan was developed by the community, through the IOT RDO, to support economic sustainability and liveability on CI, capturing the community’s views and aspirations, and reflecting its goals for the future.

Community organisations were invited to submit applications for funding of projects, aligned to the Strategic Plan, and of significant benefit to the CI community, to be completed by 30 June 2021.

It is my pleasure to announce today that the grant goes to the CI Daycare Centre. This is my first visit to CI, and it is wonderful to announce this as part of the CI Women’s Networking Reception.

The Centre is preparing to expand its premises to allow partitioning to occur and enrolments to increase, and has made a financial and/or in-kind contribution to the cost of this project.

The project is aligned to the Strategic Plan in developing community infrastructure projects that enhance community health and wellbeing.

Other projects on CI include the development of a nature-based play space at the Tea Garden, major upgrades at the outdoor cinema and sporting club, and the installation of a drinking fountain at the Madrasah.

Congratulations to all community members who have contributed to these projects.