Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Upgraded Culcairn Early Childhood Centre opens doors

Media Release


27 March 2017

Joint release with:

John Barilaro

Deputy Premier
Minister for Regional Development
Minister for Skills
Minister for Small Business
Leader of The Nationals

Sussan Ley

Federal Member for Farrer

Heather Wilton

Mayor of Greater Hume Shire Council

  • The extension to the Culcairn Early Childhood Centre is complete
  • The extension will allow the centre to double its enrolment and better meet the needs of the community.
  • The Coalition Government invested $40,000 through theNational Stronger Regions Fund toward the project.

Parents and children are set to reap the rewards of the upgraded Culcairn Early Childhood Centre, with the community gathering today to mark the occasion in the Riverina region.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the $107,838 upgrade has increased the learning area spaces available so more to children can attend the centre.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and providing access to quality childcare and education facilities like this are crucial when raising young families,” Minister Nash said.

“I am thrilled that Culcairn Early Childhood Centre has received the support it needs to grow and develop the next generation of young minds.”

Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley, who joined the community today to mark the occasion, said the project is another example of all levels of government working together to provide modern essential services in regional Australia.

“The new extension will allow the Culcairn Early Childhood Centre to expand its licence to accommodate more children, nearly doubling its existing allotment of 22 to 40 family day care places,” Ms Ley said.

“The Centre is now able to offer care for children living with disabilities, as well as outside school hours care, providing additional support for parents choosing to return to the workforce.”

New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro said the upgraded facilities will provide a new meeting room for educators and parents to consult confidentially.

“It is vital for families to have access to quality early childhood education centres, and it is the educators that we entrust our children to who make these centres so special,” Mr Barilaro said.

Mayor of Greater Hume Shire Council Heather Wilton said the provision of high quality children’s services will improve quality of life for residents and help grow vibrant rural communities in the shire.

“The project has doubled the size of the indoor learning area, established a new nappy change area and laundry along with increased storage and staff amenities,” Cr Wilton said.

“I congratulate the hard working committee of the Culcairn Early Childhood Centre on the completion of this outstanding project.”

This project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($40,000), the New South Wales State Government ($47,000), the Greater Hume Shire ($4,000) and Culcairn Early Childhood Centre ($16,838).