Council helps fund extension of community kindy

11th January 2018 11:59 AM
EARLY EDUCATION: C&K Gayndah Kindergarten teacher Laura Ballantyne-Wren and Councillor John Zahl were guest speakers at the Gayndah State School Book Week. EARLY EDUCATION: C&K Gayndah Kindergarten teacher Laura Ballantyne-Wren and Councillor John Zahl were guest speakers at the Gayndah State School Book Week. Adam McCleery

THE North Burnett Regional Council has recommended approving a funding application by the Gayndah C&K Kindergarten to support building extensions in 2018.

Kindergarten director Laura Ballantyne-Wren made contact with the council in November 2017 about building maintenance issues and funding to build a deck.

General manager corporate and community services Brad Duke said in the report the C&K Kindergarten delivered a vital service to the Gayndah community.

"The current enrolment of 24 children at the C&K will see the opportunity of an increase in enrolments up to 44 children as a direct result of the extension of usable space,” Mr Duke said.

"The ability to facilitate maximum capacity, of up to 44 children, will present an opportunity to employ a second teacher and second assistant.

"This will deliver a significant employment benefit to the Gayndah town.”

Mr Duke said the construction of the space would help to boost the local economy by contracting a local builder and sourcing local building materials.

Mr Duke met with Mrs Ballantyne-Wren on-site in November 2017 to view the current financial statements.

The total cost of the project is calculated at about $33,000.

"Council's contribution of $5590 will be relevantly minimal but essential to the project,” Mr Duke said.

The council also moved to approve waiving the $590 building and development fees for the project which has an April 2018 deadline.