In Parliament

Constituency Question - Lady Forster Kindergarten


Wednesday 19 June, 2019.

Mr NEWBURY (Brighton) (11:33):

My constituency question is for the Minister for Education, and I ask the minister whether this government has a secret plan to close Elwood-based Lady Forster Kindergarten by not renewing its lease.

Lady Forster Kindergarten is a special kindergarten located on the Elwood foreshore. It celebrates its 95th anniversary this year. Lady Forster is also unique in that it is located on the beach.

Lady Forster is an integrated part of the Elwood community and also delivers an exceptional program through its coastal curriculum, where children learn about Port Phillip Bay and the foreshore ecosystem.

The kindergarten is an integral and much-loved part of my community, and it unthinkable that the government could be planning on shutting the doors on the kindergarten and the hundreds of Elwood families it services.

I look forward to the Minister’s response.