Category Archives: Kindergartens and Early Education

Call for Support to Alleviate Coming Kinder Squeeze

The closure of Bowen Park Kindergarten at the end of 2017 will place significant pressure on local kindergarten services Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has this week told State Parliament.

In his address to the Legislative Assembly, Mr Blackwood said funding was urgently needed to help meet the loss of capacity with the closure of Bowen Park Kinder at the end of the year and cope with the significant increase in the population of Warragul and surrounding areas.

‘Baw Baw Shire has four community-based sessional kindergartens in Warragul which are already under pressure with a huge growth in the number of young families moving to the area,’ Mr Blackwood said.

‘Bowen Park, one of those community-based facilities supported by Baw Baw Shire, is closing at the end of 2017 and will result in a loss of 52 places increasing stress on kindergarten capacity.

‘Warragul is a fantastic place to live and we have seen an influx of young families moving to the town. This year will also see West Gippsland Hospital deliver more than 1,000 babies and with only around  600 four year old kinder places currently available the situation is fast reaching crisis point.

Mr Blackwood said funds had been allocated by the Baw Baw Shire and it was not unreasonable to expect the State Government to play their part to help address the impending shortfall.

‘In partnership with Warragul Primary School, Baw Baw Shire are proposing the delivery of a new co-located kindergarten facility which will offer children access to an integrated service that will ease the transition from kinder to primary education for students.

‘This is a perfect site for a new early learning centre, in a central location, with close proximity to the centre of town and ample room at the site to accommodate a new building.

‘This model for co-location is already a proven success with the establishment of early learning centres on primary school sites within my electorate at Yarragon Primary School and Drouin Primary School.

‘Each of these sites has thrived following the co-location and it makes sense to deliver a new early learning centre at Warragul Primary to enhance the high standard of education currently provided by the dedicated, hard -working  Teachers and Staff.

‘It is vitally important the State Government and Minister come to the table and help deliver this early learning infrastructure for Warragul before the already strained kindergarten services  reach a critical shortfall in capacity,’ said Mr Blackwood.

Victorian Coalition Commits to Free Flu Vaccinations for Children

The Victorian Liberal-Nationals have today announced that a Victorian Coalition Government will provide $7 million over four years for free voluntary flu vaccinations for all Victorian Children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years. Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood said providing free voluntary vaccinations will help remove the financial barrier for parents andContinue Reading

Population Taskforces Moves Forward in Gippsland

A policy framework to help guide Victorian population growth is being developed by the Victorian Liberal National Coalition. Member for Kew and chair of the Taskforce, Tim Smith, met yesterday with business leaders and community members in Traralgon and later spoke with the Committee for Gippsland in Warragul. Nationals Member for Eastern Region Melina BathContinue Reading

Former Hill End Primary School Site Must Remain for Community Use

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has called on the Minister for Education to intervene in the sale of the former Hill End Primary School site to ensure it remained available for community use. Speaking in State Parliament Mr Blackwood said that HECI (Hill End Community Inc.) were already maintaining the site without any support fromContinue Reading

Andrews Labor Budget Fails Narracan Again

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said Premier Daniel Andrews has left many critical Narracan projects off the map in this year’s State Budget, only investing the bare minimum in the region. In responding to the Victorian Budget Mr Blackwood said Daniel Andrews has misled Gippsland about potential V/Line improvements announcing funding he simply doesContinue Reading

Lack of Detail in Labor Budget

The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second consecutive year under Daniel Andrews.   Four local schools will see upgrades after being forgotten by the Labor Government in the 2015-16 State Budget however many of the upgrades won’t be seen until 2018-19 and funds allocated fall well shortContinue Reading

Shade Grants for Local Schools Open

Local schools across the Narracan electorate are encouraged to apply for funding from the 2016 School Shade Grants Program which is now open. The grants program provides grants of up to $25,000 to Victorian Schools to develop shaded areas including the establishment of new shade, repair of old shade areas or assistance in creating naturalContinue Reading

Kinder Funding Welcomed – More Needed

Member for Narracan has congratulated 9 local kindergartens who will receive funding for Minor Information Technology upgrades & one which will receive a Minor Infrastructure Refurbishment Grant. The successful local kindergartens include; Goodstart Drouin – $1,500 Drouin Kindergarten – $1,500 Oak Street Kindergarten – $1,500 Longwarry Preschool – $1,037 Goodstart Warragul (Burke St) – $1,500Continue Reading


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2017
Sep
22
Call for Support to Alleviate Coming Kinder Squeeze
“ The closure of Bowen Park Kindergarten at the end of 2017 will place significant pressure ...”
Victorian Coalition Commits to Free Flu Vaccinations for Children
“ The Victorian Liberal-Nationals have today announced that a Victorian Coalition Government will provide $7 million ...”
Aug
18
Population Taskforces Moves Forward in Gippsland
“ A policy framework to help guide Victorian population growth is being developed by the Victorian ...”
Jun
08
Former Hill End Primary School Site Must Remain for Community Use
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has called on the Minister for Education to intervene in ...”
May
02
Andrews Labor Budget Fails Narracan Again
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said Premier Daniel Andrews has left many critical Narracan ...”
2016
Apr
27
Lack of Detail in Labor Budget
“ The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second ...”
Feb
26
Shade Grants for Local Schools Open
“ Local schools across the Narracan electorate are encouraged to apply for funding from the 2016 ...”
2015
Oct
13
Kinder Funding Welcomed - More Needed
“ Member for Narracan has congratulated 9 local kindergartens who will receive funding for Minor Information ...”


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