Council Secures Funding for New Warragul Kindergarten

Published on 14 December 2017

Baw Baw Shire Council has successfully secured $650,000 in funding from the Victorian Government’s Children’s Facilities Capital Program towards the construction of a new Early Learning Centre, to be co-located at Warragul Primary School.

Council has received the official offer of funding from Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos MP following a grant application submitted in September 2017.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci welcomed the news and said it was a real win for local families and communities and goes towards easing the growing burden on kindergarten places in our Shire.

“There is an influx of young families moving to the Shire and as birth rates continue to rise, so does the need for early year’s services”, said the Mayor.

“Providing new Early Learning Facilities has been Council’s key advocacy project for the past year. We are grateful to the State Government for understanding this and contributing to our future community needs.”

The Mayor also acknowledged the many years of advocacy and planning that went into the grant application and thanked all involved for their contribution towards the process.

“We are so pleased to be able to work with the State Government to make this project a reality and I’d like to thank Minister Mikakos for delivering the great news, and Harriet Shing for all her assistance”, said the Mayor.

The funding has been awarded based on competitive merit, with Council being successful in obtaining the maximum amount possible from this program.

Council is also seeking a Federal funding contribution, with the remainder funded through Council’s Capital Works Program.

Contracts are expected to be awarded in the new year once the outcome of Federal funding is known, with construction of the new facility to be completed in time for the 2019 school year.