Another tragic blow for Travis McCarron's parents
TRAVIS McCarron's family says it has been dealt another crushing blow amid claims the family day care centre involved in his death is now looking to distance itself from the tragedy.
Travis's parents, Kirsty and Ricky, say a proposed change of Tweed Shire Family Day Care (TSFDC) management and name is a blatant attempt to distance the centre from 21-month-old Travis's drowning.
But Lismore District Family Day Care Association Chief Executive Officer Sol Ibrahim strongly denied the claims, saying there was nothing sinister about the proposed name change.
He said his organisation was approached earlier in the year to assume responsibility for TSFDC, and that by assuming the centre as one of their own, a name change was inevitable.
“Any name change is an administrative matter,” Mr Ibrahim said.
“There is nothing sinister or devious about it at all. If a restaurant changes management then it is not unusual for the restaurant to be given a new name.”
Travis drowned while on a family day care outing to a Tweed Heads playground on April 11, when he and 14 other children were under the watch of TSFDC carers.
The McCarrons say their claims are backed up by a letter distributed to TSFDC carers and staff members which talks about a 'change of sponsorship'.
In the letter, manager Judy Radish informs staff and carers that Lismore District Family Day Care Association Inc will take over TSFDC sponsorship from November 14.
“As you are aware this decision was made some months ago by the management committee after the tragic death of toddler Travis McCarron,” the letter reads.
“The committee agreed this was the best way to ensure the security of business for carers and continuity of care for families and children.”
The McCarrons said they were upset and angered by the letter, which they believed admitted to keeping the incident hidden from prospective family day care clientele to ensure their carers stayed in business.
Separate inquiries were launched into Travis's death by TSFDC, the NSW Department of Community Services, WorkCover and Tweed Shire Council. Mr Ibrahim said TSFDC continued to offer a valuable community service.
“The Government has found that the service can continue to operate, so I don't see what the concern is,” he said.
“I would think that help to continue that valuable service would be what the community would want to see.”
“There is nothing sinister.”