Oct 10, 2017

Ashfield Infants Home visit

I am honoured to be joining the staff and children of the Infants’ Home on Thursday October 12th 2017 to present them with three new flags; the Australian, Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islander flags.

The Infants’ Home has been in Ashfield since 1876, and is a pioneering provider of long day care, family day care, early childhood education, and early intervention and support services for children. Its services are accessed by more than 2600 children from suburbs all across Sydney with more than one third of its resources going to children living in vulnerable circumstances, or with additional needs.

I welcome the Infants’ Home’s establishment of a Reconciliation Action Plan and Working Party. Recognising the significance of the traditional owners is an important step on the path to reconciliation. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are part of our communities and we need to continue on the path towards closing the gap in social and economic outcomes between the First Australians and the rest of the community.