Support for mums

THIS IS NICE: Enjoying the new parents’ room in the Co-Store yesterday were (from left) Barb Young, Monique Hillenaar, Jess Colman and Faryal Khan with her seven month old daughter Manha. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

JUST over a year since a survey revealed many local parents preferred to travel to Albury than shop in Wangaratta due to a lack of facilities, feedback has come full circle.

Formation of the Communities Latching on to Breastfeeding partnership, between Gateway Health, Women’s Health Goulburn North East and Northeast Health Wangaratta, has increased visible support for breastfeeding and families in the rural city.

And the partner agencies say a parents’ room available in the redeveloped Co-Store complex is a great example of local businesses’ eagerness to cater for a once neglected section of the community.

“Parents have welcomed the new room at the Co-Store,” Barb Young, health promotion officer with Gateway Health, said.

She said recent improvements, with the addition of a couch, some child-friendly Pepa Pig posters, and Communities Latching On information, had been greeted enthusiastically.

And with the planned installation of heating and the inclusion of some children’s toys, she said the facility would make outings even easier for young families, who were now more likely to spend more time in the central business district.

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