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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 17th 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 18, 2008 13 NEWS Rhodes hit by ABC Learning's collapse SHIREEN KHALIL Javier Greco and Mailen at ABC Rhodes. RHODES ABC learning centre is one of the 55 centres in Australia that will close. ABC Learning Centres receiver Chris Honey, of McGrathNicol, recently outlined a plan to provide a childcare place for every ABC child in 2009. ''With the support of ABC Learning Group's banks and the Federal Govern- ment, we have devised a recovery plan to provide childcare places for every ABC family into 2009,'' Mr Honey said. ''Today we are in a much better position than we could ever have imagined just four weeks ago when we were first appointed as receivers and managers.'' One parent who will not benefit from the receiver's plan and has been forced to look elsewhere is Javier Greco, of Meadowbank. His 14 month-old daughter Mailen was offered a position at North Strathfield ABC Centre, but Mr Greco said it was an inconvenient option. ''The centre they offered is too far from home and I'd have to go back and forth, because it's not on my way to work,'' he said. His daughter Mailen has been attending the Rhodes centre since August this year and he is unhappy with the overall out- come, but had planned ahead ''just in case this happened''. ''My wife and I have already secured another childcare centre in West Ryde for Mailen to start in January,'' he said. ''I don't know what all the parents are going to do. I'm very disappointed because all the staff were polite and worked well with the kids.'' Drummoyne State Labor MP Angela D'Amore said she was disappointed the receiver did not offer the centre to another community-based provider. ''I'm hoping a local group or business will put a strong case forward to the receiver, so the Rhodes centre can reopen,'' she said. ''We have a lot of families moving into the area with children and it's an important service to have in the suburb of Rhodes. And it's really important parents who have kids at the Rhodes centre call myself or Lowe Federal Labor MP John Murphy . . . so we can assist them or to call the childcare access hotline on 1800 670 305.'' A further 241 ABC centres have been identified as unviable under the current business model, including Concord West's, but with the Federal Government's $34 million bailout, it will trade until at least March 2009. Visit our website - www.domayne.com.au Domayne stores are operated by independent franchisees. 140719_AUB at It's an overnight sensation AUBURN 103-123 Parramatta Rd. 9648 5411 BUY NOW PAY LATER with our Christmas Payment Option • NO DEPOSIT • NO INTEREST • NO REPAYMENTS Until March 2009*1 ENDS CHRISTMAS EVE DEC 24TH *1. Conditions of No Deposit, No Interest, No Repayments for 3 Months: Available to approved customers on single or multiple transactions over $300 on GO and GO Business MasterCard, GE CreditLine and Buyer's Edge (excludes new applicants) from 08/12/08 until 24/12/08. Offer available on purchases from Domayne franchisees (excludes Miele appliances). Offer available on advertised or ticketed price. This notice is given under GO and GO Business MasterCard, GE CreditLine and Buyer's Edge Conditions of Use (as applicable), which specify all other conditions for this offer. Interest and payments are payable after the interest free and payment deferred period. Establishment fee (on new accounts only), account service fee (currently $3.95 per month on GO MasterCard, Buyer's Edge and GE Creditline. Currently $2.95 per month on GO Business MasterCard) and other fees and charges are payable. For GO and GO Business MasterCard and Buyer's Edge, credit is provided by GE Capital Finance Australia (ABN 42 008 583 588) and for GE CreditLine, credit is provided by GE Finance Australasia Pty Ltd (ABN 88 000 015 485) both trading as GE Money. *2 See www.domayne.com.au for full terms and conditions.
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