Blacktown Council to stay in child care

Blacktown Council will remain in the child care industry for at least another year.

Last night, councillors voted to establish an executive leadership team to address the performance and operations of its centres.

The team will present a report to the council in June 2015 outlining what it had achieved in the past year, including a recommendation on the future child care structure.

Independent Russ Dickens proposed  an amendment for two community representatives to be on the committee with four councillors, the general manager and relevant council members.

It was eventually supported after almost an hour of debate and bickering over petty matters.

‘‘It’s time for us to move on,’’ Liberal Councillor Mark Holmes said.

Almost 100 parents and employees met on the Village Green prior to the council meeting to campaign for community representation.

‘‘What do we want? A voice. When do we want it? Now,’’ they chanted.

Pick up a copy of next Tuesday’s paper for the full story.

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