Member for Watson Tony Burke this week announced support to replace the soft fall flooring at the Chinese Australian Services Society (CASS) child care centre in Campsie.

Mr Burke said the announcement would ensure children at the centre were safe and had a good time. 

“They climb, they laugh, they fall. Hopefully this safety upgrade at CASS in Campsie will mean they also bounce back happy and healthy,” Mr Burke said. “The facilities at Campsie offer everything from child care to aged care, but also serve as a hub where our community can access information and resources on health, immigration and education.”

Senior Executive Officer Tury To said child care was one of the most important services offered by CASS in Campsie.

“This new flooring encourages more outdoor activities for the children enjoying child care here in Campsie, and greater peace of mind for their parents and carers,” Ms To said “It improves their pre-school preparations too, building their muscle coordination and social skills.”

CASS celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, and during that time has delivered everything from child care to aged care, language classes, provisional education and group activity programmes to the local community, particularly for those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The Watson Stronger Communities Programme provides grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to local not-for-profit community groups for small capital projects.

Last year the Watson Consultation Committee, managers of the program, approved 18 projects in the local area. Around $150,000 is expected to be announced in community grants throughout this year.