Buster reprieve

BUSTER the Fun Bus is set for yet another eleventh hour reprieve.

Fremantle council has been unable to get a bidder to take over the service following state government cuts and is now being forced to consider spending $18,000 propping up the service from April to June.

“At this stage it is unclear whether South West Metro Parenting Services Consortium will continue with the current format of the mobile parenting program known as Buster the Fun Bus,” wrote city officers in their report.

Outreach

“Officers will continue discussions around the outreach program with the lead agency in an endeavour to achieve continuation of the program beyond June 2017.”

The popular mobile parenting service, provided by Fremantle council, has been operating for over 30 years with state government funding.

But the department of local government and communities has been told by the Barnett government to get out of service provision and has put its parenting program out to tender.

The council opted not to put in a bid because the department wants the program to rope in kids up to 18 years old and be offered across several local government areas.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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