Member for Cootamundra with representatives from the Grenfell Preschool for a funding announcement.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke at the Grenfell Preschool and Long Day Care Centre to announce some much-needed funding.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has today visited the Grenfell Preschool and Long Day Care Centre to announce some much-needed funding.

$140,000 has been secured as part of the NSW Government’s Start Strong Capital Works Grant Program, which will be used to purchase a motor vehicle for the Centre.

Ms Cooke said this is an incredibly exciting win for the community.

“It is my absolute pleasure to be here today to celebrate this funding announcement, as I know how much it means to everyone involved,” Ms Cooke said.

“Having a bus will allow Grenfell Preschool and Long Day Care Centre to offer mobile preschool services to those who need it most.

“It will help families to access affordable and high quality options for their child’s early childhood education.”

Grenfell Preschool and Long Dare Care Centre Director Sharon Grant said this will significantly benefit the community.

“As a result of the funding, children that live in smaller towns such as Bribbaree and Bimbi will be able to access the mobile service,” Mrs Grant said.

“It also means we will be able to offer more excursions for our children, including visits to our Grenfell Multi-Purpose Health Service, which will benefit our elderly community members.

“I am ecstatic that this opportunity was provided by the Government and am incredibly grateful that our preschool can benefit.”

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.

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