Early Childhood Infrastructure

Minister’s Statement

I rise to inform the house on how the Andrews Labor government is getting things done across Victoria through a record investment in early childhood infrastructure. On 17 April I was pleased to attend a number of events in Melbourne’s west showcasing our government’s commitment to quality early years facilities. I was pleased to officially open Tarneit North Kindergarten, one of two new purpose-built relocatable kindergartens, providing an additional 231 kindergarten places. I was pleased to be joined by Cesar Melhem and Sarah Connolly, Labor’s candidate for the Assembly seat of Tarneit, who were able to assist me in these proceedings. These buildings will help meet the urgent demand for kindergarten places while permanent centres such as the Truganina East integrated learning family centre are being built.

I was also pleased to officially turn the sod on the Highton early learning centre down in Highton, which was an election commitment of this government and one we are proud to be delivering for that local community. I was pleased to be joined by Labor’s candidate for the Assembly seat of South Barwon, Darren Cheeseman, at this event. Once completed this integrated children’s centre will have doubled its licence capacity to cater for, and will offer maternal and child health services to, the local community for the very first time.

These projects are part of our government’s record $123.6 million investment to build, expand and improve early years infrastructure across Victoria to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergartens. Only a Labor government will get on with the job of getting Victoria’s kids ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.