On this island where a childcare shortage can drive people out, the council has posed a solution

Tasmanian single mother Rhianna Barnewall could be forced to say goodbye to her community if she can’t access additional childcare.

The Flinders Island mother will soon return to her teaching role two days a week.

The island, about 50 kilometres from Tasmania’s north-eastern tip, only has one childcare provider.

Mr Barnewall has managed to secure care for her one-year-old daughter Zippora, but it only operates from 8:30am until 3:30pm.

It means Ms Barnewall will have to adjust her working hours or call on others for support.

“I don’t like asking for help. It can be really frustrating,” she…

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