Mallacoota Kindergarten was significantly damaged at the start of this year and needs to be replaced. Works at the existing kindergarten have enabled the children to move back for now after attending temporary kindergarten facilities at Mallacoota P-12 College. However, the community needs a longer-term solution. The Victorian Government has responded by committing up to $2.5 million to deliver a new kindergarten quickly for the Mallacoota community.
This funding also gives us an option to increase the size of the previous kindergarten, providing additional flexibility for three-year-olds and spaces for other community uses.
Based on initial site investigations with East Gippsland Shire Council and Mallacoota P-12 College, we have two options to have the new kindergarten ready in 2021:
- A new one-room building on the existing Mallacoota Kindergarten site. We would demolish the damaged building and build a new one within the same ‘footprint’ (the area occupied by the old building). Under this option, a larger kindergarten building would not be possible for 2021. The current kindergarten children would also need to relocate again this year while the works at the existing site are completed during the remainder of 2020.
- A new two-room building at Mallacoota P-12 College. Funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten will be available across East Gippsland for the first time from 2021. Having two rooms would allow Mallacoota Kindergarten to offer more flexibility for this, as well as having spaces available for other early years services or community uses over time. Under this option, the children would continue their kindergarten program at Greer Street for the rest of 2020 and move to the new permanent facility for 2021.
The online survey closed on Tuesday 16 June 2020. Thank you to everybody who completed the survey.