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

Council helps fund extension of community kindy

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.


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