Childcare jackpot for Tweed

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CHILDCARE centres could be operating from Twin Towns and other licensed Tweed clubs next year if a proposal by Clubs Australia is adopted by the productivity commission.

But anti-gambling groups are strongly opposed.

Clubs Australia’s CEO Anthony Ball recently urged the commission’s childcare inquiry to consider the clubs offer as a “credible solution” to deliver affordable childcare.

Mr Ball wrote: “The industry’s extensive community networks, sizable facilities, geographic footprint and capital expenditure programs ensure that clubs can help fill service gaps where demand is most acute.”

Clubs Australia wants the government to loosen rules for getting access to $100 million in club grants, funded by poker machine taxes, so they could apply to build childcare centres within venues.

Twin Towns general manager Rob Smith said the club’s board had already met to discuss the venture.

“We believe there is a place for these services….Many clubs now include large scale children’s play and adventure facilities,” said Mr Smith.

“Full service childcare already exists at clubs. I recently visited the Revesby Workers Club who is providing childcare at reasonable rates to their members families.

Childcare could also be offered to Twin Towns staff.

“This is considered a part of being an employer of choice and recognising that working in a service industry we have a large number of people with young families, parents working all hours and understanding the cost burden,” said Mr Smith.

Club Banora is earmarked for possible development.

“Like all ventures into new areas this needs research and thought before progressing,” said Mr Smith.

Seagulls Club, Bilambil, which houses a large children’s play area with a “drop off” service, supports the proposal.

“Seagulls would consider a range of options available so as to deliver affordable access to childcare for families on the Tweed,” said general manager Stuart Burrows.

In June, the Tweed Daily News revealed Tweed childcare costs are on par with Brisbane’s most expensive and can cost over $100 a day.

But Cliff Banks, co-ordinator of the Northern Rivers Gambling Service said childcare at clubs will enable problem gamblers.

“Poker machines are parasites on society, and the government lives off those parasites. No one wins in gambling,” Mr Banks said.

The commission’s report will be submitted on October 31, and must be responded to within 26 sitting days of parliament.

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