Kids' Care 'Rejected'; After-School Centre Plan Quashed

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Byline: NEELIMA CHOAHAN

AT least 50 Tweed children are missing out on out-of-school-hours care after the Tweed Shire Council rejected a Fed- eral-funded proposal to open a centre in Cabarita.

Little Grommets owner Carol Norton, who was planning to open the faci- lity on July 22, this year, said she would lose the $7000 grant if the council did not reverse its decision, which is based on zoning laws.

The Cabarita resident said council gave her informal approval when she initially submitted the development application.

"I sent all the plans and maps of the site, the Cabarita Baptist church, to the council along with my development application," Mrs Norton said.

"Right at the end, the council said the church comes under residential zoning and you can't put a childcare there.

"They would have known that at the start, so why did they allow me to process this whole application back in May?"

In an email sent to the Tweed Daily News, the council's Director of Planning and Regulation, Vince Connell, yesterday denied the council had rejected the application, saying a number of staff were working with Mrs Norton to find a suitable alternative site that met the council's zoning requirements. …