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Published Friday 30 July 2021
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$3.36 million expansion for Kilmore early years

Pictured above: Mitchell Shire Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson and Member for Northern Victoria the Hon. Jaclyn Symes take a look at the works underway at Marie Williams Kindergarten and Kilmore Maternal and Child Health Centre.

The future is looking a whole lot brighter for young children in Kilmore with work starting on the redevelopment of the Marie Williams Kindergarten and Kilmore Maternal and Child Health Centre.

Member for Northern Victoria the Hon. Jaclyn Symes MP met with Mitchell Shire Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson to inspect the site on Thursday 29 July.

Works have begun on expanding the existing Marie Williams Kindergarten and the Kilmore Maternal and Child Health Centre into an integrated family and children’s centre ready for the roll out five hours of funded sessional three-year-old kindergarten in 2022.

The project will see an extra two early learning rooms created, existing rooms upgraded and expanded, and provide an additional 58 kindergarten places. It will also provide better links between the kindergarten, maternal and child health, immunisation, and other support services.

Without this upgrade, an estimated 100 children would be unable to access early learning opportunities in Kilmore by 2024. With the number of children aged five forecast to grow 50 per cent by 2030, more than 1000 individual children will directly benefit from this facility during the first five years of operation.

This integrated facility will have capacity to provide community group sessions such as playgroups, new parents’ groups and other vital community support services and activities.

The $3.36 million upgrade is thanks to $1.86 million from the Victorian Government’s Building Blocks fund, $1.1 million from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund and more than $394,000 from Mitchell Shire Council.

Comments from Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson

"With five hours of funded three-year-old sessional kindergarten starting in 2022 and the centre already near capacity, this project was one of our top priorities for funding applications," she said.

“The partnership between the Victorian Government and Council helps to meet critical needs in our growing community and as service requirements change.

"As well as meeting the increased capacity for three-year-old kindergarten, this project provides a welcome opportunity to convert the existing services into a more modern, integrated early years facility to serve our community for many years to come."

"We want to do everything we can to give children in Mitchell a good foundation for ongoing learning and development. We also want to help new parents, people who are new to the area, carers and children to come together socially and create support networks.

"This project ticks all those boxes and it will be welcome stimulus for the economy too. It is a great example of what can be achieved when we plan ahead and work together to identify and address priorities in our community."

This page was last updated on 2 August 2021.