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Works to start on new Lancefield kinder

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Early site works are set to begin this month to prepare for the construction of a new kindergarten and maternal and child health centre at Lancefield.

A planning permit has now been approved for the project at 76A High Street, with the modern three-room facility to be complemented by accessible and secure entries as well as a dedicated rear playground area.

Early works will include the installation of temporary fencing, site clearing and levelling works, and installing building footings and stumps.

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The works will then pave the way for installation of the modular buildings transported to site, building fit-outs, landscaping and all other required works.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s community director Maria Weiss said the priority project for council was expected to be operational by mid-2024.

“This project will provide many benefits for the community including increased kinder places for local children, local maternal and child health services, and space for community-based and supported playgroups,” she said.

“We’re grateful to many groups for collaborating with us to make this a reality including the Lancefield Park Recreation Reserve’s Committee of Management, the neighbouring men’s shed and the Lancefield Playgroup committee.

“We look forward to seeing the project take shape and will continue to work closely with these key stakeholders and others – including contractors, the neighbouring primary school, residents and current kinder families – to enable a smooth build and transition once the new centre opens.”

Key features of the current site will be protected and retained, including heritage gate pillars at the entrance and the mature trees bordering the west and south of the site.

The off-site construction of the modular buildings means a more efficient and less disruptive build.

The project has received $3 million in funding through the State Government’s Building Blocks Capacity Building Grants stream and will be delivered by the Victorian School Building Authority.

Council has allocated $144,000 to ensure the new centre is fully furnished and has improved environmental and sustainable design elements.

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