I was delighted to turn the first sod, with President Sarah Longmore, to commence the major renovations at Dr Stanley Cochrane Memorial Kindergarten in Mitcham.
The kindergarten Council worked tirelessly in their application for renovation funding for the kinder, and have pursued best value for money in doing so. This is a very exciting time for our community.
The kindergarten received a state government grant of $227,000 under the former Coalition Government to build new toilets facilities, a meeting room, store room, office, adult bathroom facilities and cloak room facilities.
The current space outside of the kinder teaching rooms is extremely congested.
Dr Stanley Cochrane Memorial Kindergarten was founded in 1957, and was named after a renowned local doctor who visited his patients by horse and cart. Although it is one of the oldest local kindergartens with a long heritage, it is certainly moving with the times and employing current teaching methods, and soon will have 21st century learning facilities to match.
The kindergarten, through years of fundraising, has been able to contribute $73,000, bringing the project to a total of $300,000.
The renovation is due to be completed prior to the start of Term One 2016.