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Cubby House future still uncertain with families concerned


Mansfield Adult Community Education (MACE) remains uncertain about the future of its Davies Street Cubby House operations following the Mansfield Shire Council recent lease tender process.


MACE’s CEO Kylie Richards said that MACE has been providing consistent high quality children’s services at Davies Street for the past nine years since the Mansfield Family and Children’s Centre was completed following a joint funding application between MACE and the Mansfield Shire Council to build the centre 10 years ago.


“In January this year, MACE was notified that the lease, which is due to expire on the 31 July 2023, would be put out to tender,” Ms Richards said.


“MACE submitted a strong and comprehensive tender to council prior to the original tender due date,” Ms Richards said.


“MACE was subsequently notified that the tender submission period would be extended by a further two weeks.”


“MACE recently received confirmation that the council’s assessment process had been completed and we have been advised that the matter has been listed for the Council’s 18th April meeting,” Ms Richards added.


Ms Richards indicated that many of the families who use Cubby House services have advised MACE that they are very anxious about the tender process and what that means for their families. MACE has received numerous communications of support from families who are eager to know what is happening.


Ms Richards stated that, while MACE was taking every opportunity to keep educators and families informed about the process, MACE could only pass on what it knows.


“We have been open and transparent with our educators and families about the process, and we understand Council has their own process to follow. We are hopeful of a successful outcome,” Ms Richards said.


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For further information, contact Kylie Richards 5775 2077


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