Friday, February 23, 2024

Shiny new Emerald kindergarten opened

The new Emerald Community Kindergarten building was officially opened last week.

Emerald Community Kindergarten Director, Cassie Shields, thanked the Council and its team of builders and contractors for the new building.

“We are incredibly grateful for this new building and even more grateful for the opportunity it is giving us to provide education to our wider community,” said Ms Shields.

“The new building sends an important message to our community. Every time someone drives past or walks through those front doors, we are showing them that their education is valued, they are cared for and they have a right to learn in a safe and secure environment.”

The project involved the construction of a new building with three kindergarten rooms, an administration office, kitchen and laundry facilities, and on-site car parking. The new space has allowed the kindergarten to offer an additional 50 places for children, increasing the capacity to 150 children per week, Council said in a statement.

Mayor Kerry Hayes said the redevelopment of the kindergarten was an example of council’s commitment to prioritising these vital community assets.

“The expansion of this facility will allow our community better access to quality childhood education,” he said.

“This project will also help to ensure the Emerald Community Kindergarten is future-proofed to cater for any change in government policy that broadens early childhood learning objectives.”

The project was jointly funded by the Australian Government Building Better Regions Fund and Central Highlands Regional Council.

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