By Molly Magennis
The state government will work with the Hobsons Bay Council to provide families in the area with more kindergarten opportunities.
The announcement was made by Early Kindergarten Minister Ingrid Stitt on March 22, in which the government is set to contribute up to $ 5.8 million to three new kindergartens as part of the building block partnership.
The first phase of the partnership will see an additional 168 funded kindergarten places delivered, which will be operational by 2025. These projects will be supported in Newport, Altona and Seabrook.
There will also be support in principle for an additional state government contribution of up to $ 2 million for yet another kindergarten in Hobsons Bay, to be delivered from 2026.
In total, the projects in 2029 will provide more than 270 kindergarten places in total.
Stitt said: “We know how important it is to give our children the best possible start, which is why we support even more building block partnerships to support the successful rollout of our landmark Three-Year Old Kinder.”
The two MPs covering the Hobsons Bay area, member of Williamstown Melissa Horne and member of Altona Jill Hennessy agreed that the projects are exciting news for the municipality.
“It’s exciting to roll out the third building block partnership – this time in Hobsons Bay – and provide more first-class learning facilities to families in Melbourne’s flourishing southwest,” Ms Horne said.
“Education is at the heart of our Victoria’s agenda and we are working to ensure that all children, no matter where they live, have access to the very best learning opportunities,” Ms Hennessy said.