Mallee Kids Child Care ready to open at Karoonda

Karoonda's council-run child care service will begin operating next month after the completion of the town's early childhood centre and community hub.

Federal MP Tony Pasin visited on Tuesday to cut a ribbon outside the centre, which was built in quick time using funding intended to help the local economy get through the present drought.

Parents are now being encouraged to register ahead of Mallee Kids Child Care's anticipated opening on September 30, the first Monday of the upcoming school holidays.

Families will be able to use it between 7.30am and 6pm on weekdays, with out of school hours care from opening until 8.45am and 3.15pm until closing time.

The cost to families per child is expected to be within a few dollars of the existing COGS mobile child care program, which currently visits Karoonda once per week.

Karoonda East Murray Mayor Caroline Phillips said the service would help the local economy and family wellbeing by helping parents get back into the workforce.

It would also give young children opportunities for growth, play and education.

"We have known for quite some time that a lack of regular child care and out of school hours care have prevented some parents from taking up new career or study commitments," she said.

"We also know there are local businesses that would love to put on extra staff if they can find the right person locally.

"Now they will have that choice, with ... this flexible, affordable and accessible care."

She said low costs, flexibility and high standards of care were the cornerstones of the new service's charter.

Mr Pasin said he was proud that the federal government's Drought Communities Program, which granted $550,000 to the centre's construction, would make a real difference in the community.

"While we can't make it rain, our government is supporting our communities in drought," he said.

"We will always stand up and support our drought-affected communities."

The council has committed to running the child care service for its first two years.

After 18 months it will review whether it, or a not-for-profit organisation, would be better off looking after it in the long term.

Ms Phillips said modelling had shown the centre would continue to be viable and financially sustainable.

The push for the more permanent presence of a child care service in the town had been ongoing since 2013.

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