CONSTITUENCY QUESTION & RESPONSE | NEW KINDER PLACES

Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan) — My constituency question is to the Minister for Early Childhood Education, Ms Jenny Mikakos. I allude to the recent turning of the sod at the $6.9 million Altona Early Years Hub. The local area needs this facility, and I am delighted to see the government giving a hand to young working families in Altona in my electorate. I was also pleased to see the minister’s announcement that 3300 new places will be created for kindergarten children across Victoria over the course of 2018. Western Metropolitan Region contains some of Melbourne’s fastest expanding suburban growth corridors. This is predominantly young families who require a good early childhood education sector. Can the minister provide me with further information on how many of these 3300 places are set for Western Metropolitan Region?

6 February 2018

RESPONSE:

Ms MIKAKOS – The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a record $76.4 million to build, expand and improve early years infrastructure across Victoria. This includes $10 million targeting growth areas as well as a further $10 million to co-locate three early learning centres with government primary schools. This investment in early years infrastructure ensures local families can continue to access great local high quality kindergartens.

Since 2015-16, there have been a number of projects funded in the Western Metropolitan Region totalling $5.75 million. To date, these include:

–  $1.6 million for the Fraser Rise Children’s and Community Hub in Fraser Rise

–  $1.6 million for the Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre and Integrated Family Centre in Wyndham Vale

–  $1.2 million for the Truganina East Early Learning Centre in Truganina East

–  $650 000 to redevelop the Church Street Children’s Centre in Footscray;

–  $500 000 for the Alexandra Avenue Children’s Centre in Sunshine

–  $192 000 to upgrade Cooraminta Kindergarten in Laverton North

–  $43 425 to upgrade Stewarts Lane Preschool in Sunbury; and

–  $33 825 to upgrade Taylor Drive Preschool in Gladstone Park.

Altogether, these projects are planning to create more than 886 new four year old kindergarten places.

I was also pleased to recently announce a new early learning centre to be built co-located with Footscray Primary School as part of the Government’s $10 million plan to build three early learning centres on government school sites.

In addition to this investment, the Andrews Labor Government is also providing $4.25 million through the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution fund to install relocatable kindergartens in Wyndham and Tarneit as well as in Craigieburn and Roxburgh Park. These brand new, purpose built facilities will provide a rapid response to service needs in these growing suburbs, providing up to 250 new sessional kindergarten places in Wyndham and 130 in Hume.

29 March 2018