Council responsiveness leads to Henty & Walla Walla child care centres

Published on 14 January 2019

Families with young children residing in Henty and Walla Walla or nearby are very relieved that child care services will be available from today.

The services closed on 21 December as Albury Wodonga Community College (AWCC) announced Henty and Walla Walla were two of seven border child care services to close.

Greater Hume Council’s Children Services team provided leadership and direction to the communities as the impact of the closures became evident for the small communities.

Greater Hume Council Acting Mayor, Doug Meyer OAM said

“David Smith - Council’s Director Corporate and Community Services took up the challenge and has worked tirelessly providing leadership across the communities, local, state and federal government and across the farming and business sectors.”

“An enormous effort from the Greater Hume Children Services team over the Christmas holiday period has secured the two services in Henty and Walla Walla which will re-open under Greater Hume Children Services banner on 14 and 15 January 2019, only six weeks after the closure announcement” added Cr Meyer.

The news was devastating for many rural families who rely on child care who did not know if they would have access to child care services leading into 2019.

Cathryn Singe, who operates CSBAS Bookkeeping said “Henty families got behind this because child care is a critical service, with many families relying on care to enable them to work and contribute to the economic development of the region.”

Members of the Henty community took up the challenge to government in order to secure some form of service for their local community with presentations and concerns being directed to government.

Walla Walla community became involved to ensure child care services would be available to fill the eagerly awaited new child care building which was planned for completion during 2019. Kim Lieschke of Walla Walla said “children’s services are essential in our small towns”.

Enjoying the moment and to celebrate the milestone, morning teas will be held at

  • Henty Centre Trinity Lutheran Hall, Kierath Street Henty, 10.00am, Thursday 24 January 2019.
  • Walla Walla Town Hall, 10.00am Wednesday, 23 January 2019.

Community members are invited to join the celebrations.

For further information please contact:  

  • David Smith,  Director Corporate & Community Services, M: 0429 030 621
  • Cr Doug Meyer OAM,  Acting Mayor, M: 0429 690 999