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
The kindergarten has up to 24 children enrolled
across three and four-year-old kinder for 2021. It is owned by the East
Gippsland Shire Council and operated by YMCA Ballarat.
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.
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
will be established using modular construction to ensure it is available as
soon as possible. When it is completed, the community will have a modern
facility with new playground, landscaping and car parking on the Mallacoota
P-12 site. This co-location will offer benefits for children, families and the
staff of the two education services.
As a next step in delivering the kindergarten, we asked the local community to share their ideas for the playground and outdoor spaces. We heard that the most important features include
natural materials, open spaces and outdoor play equipment.
The report on the new Mallacoota Kindergarten playground and outdoor space survey is available below.
What We Heard Report (PDF) (Word)
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.
recommendation was informed by stakeholder feedback, listening to the views of
the community and the outcome of cultural heritage site investigations.
continue to engage with the community and project stakeholders as we deliver
the new kindergarten for Mallacoota.
You can access the Cultural Heritage report and FAQ's below in the Community Information Session - March 2021 tab.
Thank you for joining us at the information session
on Monday 22 March 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.
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…".
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
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 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. These are available to download below.
Information Session Summary (PDF) (WORD)Information Session FAQ's (PDF) (WORD)
What We Heard Report (PDF) (WORD)Project Information and Update (PDF) (WORD)
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We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and pay respect to the ongoing living cultures of First Peoples.