Kindy grows up

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY PHOTO: MAX FLEET BUN171014KIN1

THE FU­TURE of early-learn­ing in Childers has been se­cured after coun­cil ap­proved a 20-year lease of sur­round­ing land to Isis Com­mu­nity Pre-School and Kinder­garten.

The ex­ist­ing kindy is cur­rently op­er­at­ing at near-ca­pac­ity, though the ad­di­tion of land could dou­ble the school’s in­take in years to come.

Di­rec­tor Rhonda Camp­bell was ex­cited about the prospect of a larger kindy.

“We had done a lot of work to get to this point,” Ms Camp­bell said.

“It means we can pro­vide for more chil­dren and helps solve some of our leas­ing is­sues which could make it eas­ier to ap­ply for grants.

“We’ve had a lot of help from Ro­tary to get to this point. (For­mer pres­i­dent) Garry Wal­ters did a lot of work for us and we’re ex­tremely thank­ful to them.”

The land was pre­vi­ously split be­tween Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil, but it is now solely owned by coun­cil.

Cr Tony Ric­cia­rdi said the ex­pan­sion plans were linked to the pop­u­la­tion boom pre­dicted to hit the BRC re­gion, with es­ti­mates at Tues­day night’s Com­mu­nity In­for­ma­tion Ses­sion about the pro­posed Plan­ning Scheme re­flect­ing a 30-50,000 in­crease.

While much of that may be con­cen­trated to the Bund­aberg or coastal re­gions, Childers had to be pre­pared for growth.

“It’s all part of the fu­ture growth that’s been iden­ti­fied for our re­gion,” Cr Ric­cia­rdi said.

“This is the only one (in Childers). It was es­tab­lished by Apex about 50 years ago and they’ll be able to ex­pand on that work.”

The kindy’s next step is to de­sign fu­ture plans and source fund­ing for the projects. FU­TURE SE­CURED: Cr Tony Ric­cia­rdi (back left) and Isis Com­mu­nity Pre-School and Kinder­garten di­rec­tor Rhonda Camp­bell (back right) cel­e­brate the kindy’s new lease with stu­dents. Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil ap­proved the Isis Com­mu­nity Pre School and Kinder­garten's re­quest to lease two new blocks (pic­tured be­hind) which will al­low them to ex­pand in years to come.

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