Maree Edwards MP with Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-Operative CEO Raylene Harradine and Jacinta Allan MP with the traditional tool, the cooluman, used to turn the sod.

Families in Bendigo are a step closer to getting the upgraded and first-rate early learning facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today visited the site of the new Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-Operative Early Learning Facility, to turn the sod on construction of the $2,055,075 new facility.

The Labor Government is providing $1.8 million in partnership with the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-Operative to give local students the best start possible.

The new early learning centre will provide services to the Dja Dja Wurrung community including: childcare for 3-4 year old children, supported playgroups, childcare, bush kinder, and a community space. This facility will also be available to other members of the community.

The centre will be operational in early 2022 and the project will provide local families with young children access to additional kinder places.

This exciting project will give local families access to a first-rate early years facility and provide unique opportunities for them to celebrate and be proud of local Aboriginal culture.

The Government is getting on with the state’s biggest early education build over the coming years, with a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state in preparation for the roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten.

This is part of the Victorian Government’s nearly $5 billion commitment over the next decade to deliver two years of funded kindergarten for all Victorian children.

This is about ensuring Bendigo families have access to stronger support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP