New Preschool Funding

Lennox Head’s population continues to grow. Recent and predicted land releases will add up to an extra 500 families to our population. As these people arrive, demand for services, in particular education places, also increases.

For some time our Lennox Head Community Preschool management has been working with Council looking at options for the establishment of a second, satellite preschool in town.

This month Janette Leonard, the director of the preschool, received a letter the management have been working towards. Their application for funding through the Deparment of Education’s Start Strong Program has been approved.

However, the $600,000 will only be granted if Lennox Head can confirm lease or ownership of premises where the preschool will be built. This must be done by 7 December 2018 to secure the funding.

At this stage the preschool and Council are looking at several possible sites, and she is confident that a suitable site will be found, and supported by the community.

Several Councillors and Council staff have been very helpful and supportive, as has Parliamentary Secretary and Nationals Member of the NSW Legislative Council Ben Franklin.

A letter from Council to Janette states ‘Council has previously resolved, in the event that external funding becomes available for the project, to commit staff resources to examine potential site options for the new facility. This examination would include Council owned or controlled land. Staff have taken preliminary steps toward an evaluation process with a view to presenting a report for the consideration of Council as soon as is practicable.’

We will keep you posted.

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