Member for Cootamundra announcing funding at the Ganmain Pied Piper Preschool
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke announcing funding for Ganmain Pied Piper Preschool to renovate the existing centre.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has visited Ganmain Pied Piper Preschool to announce some much-needed funding to renovate the existing centre.

The $92,577.50 has been secured as part of the NSW Government’s Start Strong Capital Works Grant Program.

Ms Cooke said it is vital the community has access to adequate childcare services, and this is a step in the right direction.

“We know the drought is affecting so many of our communities, and Ganmain is no exception,” Ms Cooke said.

“It’s absolutely fantastic to be here today to announce funding that will be used to help repair the damaged building, which has occurred as a result of the tough environmental conditions we are facing.

“I congratulate everyone who played a part in helping to secure this funding.”

Ganmain Pied Piper Preschool Director Kerrie Patterson said the grant will go a long way.

“I am elated and relieved that the Preschool has received the funding,” Mrs Patterson said. “As a small preschool, it can be difficult to come up with the money required to complete repairs but with the funding, we will be able to fix the damage that has occurred over the past few years.”

A total of $2.44 million has been allocated to preschools in the Cootamundra electorate under this round of the Start Strong Capital Works Grants program, with a total of $8.3 million allocated across NSW.

NSW Government support for preschools across the Cootamundra electorate has been significant including $330,000 funding under Round 1 & 2 of the Drought Support Package and a large number of preschools receiving grants of up to $10,000 under numerous rounds of the Quality Learning Environment grants.

For more information, visit education.nsw.gov.au/early-childhood-education/operating-an-early-childhood-education-service/grants-and-funded