Mallacoota Kindergarten

15 Hunter St Mallacoota 3892


  • Start

    Q2 2020
  • Planning

  • Design

  • Construction

  • Finish

    Q1 2022

The above dates are forecast only and subject to change.

About the project

Mallacoota Kindergarten was damaged significantly after heavy rainfall in January 2020. The site had suffered damage from smoke and ash during the New Year's Eve bushfires, which destroyed dozens of homes in Mallacoota and isolated the community for many days.

The kindergarten had up to 24 children enrolled across three and four-year-old kinder in 2021. It is owned by the East Gippsland Shire Council and operated by YMCA Ballarat. 

A temporary facility was established at the Mallacoota P-12 College while the council undertook remediation works and the children returned to their original kindergarten building. But a long-term solution was needed.

On 27 February 2020, the Minister for Education announced up to $2.5 million to establish or reinstate a new kindergarten in Mallacoota as soon as possible. The new kindergarten was established using modular construction to ensure it was up and running as soon as possible.

The community now have a modern facility with a new playground, landscaping and car parking on the Mallacoota P-12 site. This co-location benefits children, families and the staff of the two education services.


In 2020, the Minister for Education announced up to $2.5 million to establish or reinstate a new kindergarten in Mallacoota.

Funding type

  • Kindergarten

Playground and outdoor spaces engagement

Site Announcement

In April 2021, the Minister for Early Childhood and the Minister for Education approved the Department of Education and Training’s recommendation that the Mallacoota P-12 College become the location for the new Mallacoota Kindergarten.

The recommendation was informed by stakeholder feedback, listening to the views of the community and the outcome of cultural heritage site investigations.

We engaged with the community and project stakeholders as we delivered the new kindergarten for Mallacoota

Community Information Session - March 2021

Thank you for joining us at the information session on Monday 22 March 2021 at 7:30pm via Zoom with Dr Gordon and facilitator Gillian Hayman, to discuss the results of cultural heritage investigations, the importance of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 and next steps for the project.

The cultural heritage investigations found a significant number of cultural artefacts at the Greer St site, whilst no artefacts were found at the Mallacoota P-12 College site. For the Greer St site, the cultural heritage report "strongly recommends… that no future ground disturbing impacts occur…".

The information gathered during consultation and the site assessments was provided to the Minister for Early Childhood and the Minister for Education for final decision.

Based on the finding of the cultural heritage investigations and the Department of Education and Training’s commitment to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006, it recommended the school site, Mallacoota P-12 College, as the proposed location of the new Mallacoota Kindergarten

You can contact us for a copy of the cultural heritage report and frequently asked questions from May 2021. 

Community Information Session - August 2020

Thank you to everybody who joined the VSBA, Bushfire Recovery Victoria (BRV) and trauma recovery specialist Dr Rob Gordon at the community information session on Saturday 29 August 2020 via Zoom.

The event allowed us to discuss the options, opportunities and concerns detailed in the 'What We Heard' report.

The next step is to undertake further cultural heritage assessments on both proposed sites (this will ensure any plans consider what is necessary to protect local Aboriginal cultural heritage).

We have now collated the comments and feedback into a summary of the event and a list of frequently asked questions.

You can contact us for a copy of the session summary, frequently asked questions, What We Heard report and project information from August 2020.

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