BLACKTOWN Council will continue to run childcare centres — for now.
But that could change tomorrow when Liberal councillors and independent Russ Dickens hope to pass a rescission motion and propose an alternative motion calling for a new report.
They tried to defer an independent child review on which the council spent $145,000 and call for a new report at last week's meeting.
But with two Liberals absent, the motion was lost and Labor councillors passed an amended motion that the council remains committed to childcare as a core council function — resulting in a huge round of applause from the packed public gallery.
Liberal councillor Jackie Donaldson said the original report didn't go far enough.
She told the Sun the profitable centres could be kept.
"They're doing something right to keep them viable," Cr Donaldson said.
"Why should we reward the centres that can't attract kids with $150,000 a year to stay open?
"I'm not saying they're bad centres but we should be looking at how they can attract more kids.
"The council needs to be responsible.
"Many people don't realise that council-run centre fees are more expensive than some of the private centres."