Innovative child care services planning policy approved

Published on 28 June 2022

Children on equipment at Cantwell Park.

The Shire of Murray has approved a new Child Care Services Local Planning Policy (CCSLPP) that will give clarity and direction to the sector for years to come.

The Council had recently revoked its Family Day Care Services Local Planning Policy because it was outdated and solely focused on the provision of child care within a family home.The new policy, which has been completed as part of a comprehensive review of the Shire’s local planning policies, considers the growing demand for child care services in the Shire, the changing nature of that provision, and the projected population growth in the area.

It also recognises that child care services are increasingly provided in purpose-built centres rather than only within a family home.

Shire President Cr David Bolt said the new policy was an innovative step in delivering on the Council’s focus area of making the Shire of Murray a great place for people to live and work:

“The Council wants our local and town planning activities to make our Shire liveable, and to meet the aspirations of our community.

“This new policy does that by recognising the shift in expectations of our residents, and provides a clear and referable document for any child care business wanting to grow and develop in the Shire of Murray”.