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Drouin picked for Victorian government operated Early Learning Centre as part of $14B kindergarten investment

Drouin chosen for new state-operated Early Learning Centre, reflecting community needs. Council welcomes investment in childcare, anticipates collaboration for site selection, aiming for family accessibility by 2027-2028.

By news@gippsland - 6th December 2023 - Back to News

Baw Baw Shire Council has welcomed the Victorian government's announcement of Drouin as the location for a new, state government-owned and operated Early Learning and Childcare Centre. The announcement comes as part of the Victorian government's $14 billion Best Start, Best Life early years reforms.

Victorian government is investing $14B to enhance statewide kindergartens, launching 50 new early learning centres for an optimal start, and Drouin is one of them

Victorian government is investing $14B to enhance statewide kindergartens, launching 50 new early learning centres for an optimal start, and Drouin is one of them

Drouin centre approval

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Cr Annemarie McCabe said the selection of Drouin as the location for one of 50 government centres announced across Victoria is a testament to the growing needs of the Baw Baw community and proof that council's advocacy efforts are bearing fruit.

"Advocating for more investment in early years infrastructure is one of our top tier priorities as a council. Baw Baw Shire is one of the state's fastest-growing regions, and the demand for quality childcare and early learning services has never been more pressing."

"We welcome this announcement from the state government. Once the new Early Learning and Childcare Centre is delivered, the facility will be a valuable and welcome asset in supporting our young families and easing the pressures they are facing," said the Mayor.

Future centre planning

The specific location or design for the announced Drouin centre - set to open in 2027 or 2028 - has yet to be determined, with the state government expected to undertake consultation with council to ensure the chosen site meets local needs and delivers accessibility and convenience for families.

"We are committed to supporting the well-being of our community's youngest members. We look forward to working closely with the Victorian Department of Education to help identify the potential sites for the new centre and seeing it come to fruition for the benefit of our residents," said the Mayor.

For more information about the funding announced, visit Victorian School Building Authority website. For more information about council's advocacy priorities, visit Advancing Baw Baw website.

Pictures from Baw Baw Shire Council website.


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