Council welcomes security of Autism funding

Burnie City Council has welcomed Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s announcement regarding the extension of funding for the Burnie Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC).

The Centre is one of six federally funded centres across Australia that provides early learning programs and support to children, and their families, living with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a long day care setting.

Federal funding of the centre was due to expire at the end of this financial year. The Australian Government will now extend the current funding agreement until the end of 2015 and will develop a new individualised funding agreement for three years from January 2016.

Mayor Anita Dow said, “I must admit there was a sense of relief when the announcement was made regarding the Centre’s financial viability.

“The securing of funding shows that the Australian Government values the work of the Burnie Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre and recognises the assistance that it provides to children and their families across our region.

“Some of the families who depend on the ASELCC were at the funding announcement last night, and the relief on their faces brought home to me just how vital this Centre is to families who struggle with the day to day demands of caring for their children.”

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728