Mansfield Kinder Garten

27th October 2018

MANSFIELD Kindergarten got some good news from Labor candidate for Eildon, Sally Brennan, and Upper House member Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria), when they announced a $600,000 funding boost.

The $600,000 goes towards the redevelopment of the historic Mechanics Institute Building for the kinder.

Ms Symes and Ms Brennan said they secured the funding from Minister for Early Childhood Education, Jenny Mikakos, through the State Government’s Community Support Fund.

The money is not a future election promise, but already cash in hand for the kinder.

The project will restore and extend the building – to be Kindergarten to accommodate administration space, children and family programs, and also general community use.

“Absolutely elated,” said Andrew Setchell after the announcement.

“But it’s the culmination of some very hard work from the committee and a project that is vitally needed.

“We’re very excited to be able to deliver on it and it’s going to bring a lot of positive but the whole community,” said Harry Westendorp, who was also in attendance and applauded the investment.

“It is very welcome and a great boost for the community,” he said.

“Credit to the State Government for putting it in place.

“These are funds available that the local council would never have a position to match, so it’s very exciting.”

Ms Symes and Ms Brennan Kindergarten visited just the week before with an announcement of almost $50,000.

“Having already recently visited the centre with Sally Brennan for minor infrastructure improvements, this is a major win,” Ms Symes said.

Ms Brennan has advocated strongly for increased investment in the growing kinder.

“This renovation and Mechanics Institute will ensure this important historical building community for many years to come,” she said.

“We know that providing the very best in early childhood services gives children the best start in life and this redevelopment and expansion deliver just that.”