Bridgewater Child and Family Centre Opened Fri 6 July 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Download hi-res version Download hi-res version Download hi-res version The State and Federal Governments' shared commitment to supporting Tasmanians in need has been demonstrated in the opening of a new Child and Family Centre at Bridgewater today. Ms Giddings said the new facility is part of a developing network of Child and Family centres around the state which support parents and give children the best start to life. The Centre was funded through the Federal Indigenous Early Childhood Development National Partnership Agreement and has been named Tagari lia in recognition of the area's strong Aboriginal links. "Child and Family Centres are part of the State Government's vision to ensure that children do not get left behind but are supported from birth and through their education. "Tagari lia, which means 'family', will offer programs to improve the health, education and care of Tasmania's young children while supporting parents with accessible and welcoming services. "It is fitting that we are launching this Centre during NAIDOC Week, which is all about creating awareness of Aboriginal issues and preserving the ongoing culture of our indigenous people." "The new facility will work in close collaboration with the new $3.5 million Bridgewater LINC which recently opened next door, offering adult literacy services and bill paying through Service Tasmania." Ms Giddings said 12 Child and Family Centres are currently being established in Tasmanian communities, with six already operational. "It is truly exciting to see how Child and Family Centres have helped to strengthen communities like Queenstown, Clarence Plains and Beaconsfield. "The centres provide a support network and reassurance that parents are not alone when it comes to the often daunting task of bringing up a child. "Together with communities we are working to build an exciting future for young Tasmanians."