MP Kate Washington announces $50,000 upgrade for Medowie Community Preschool learning space

GIFT: Kate Washington congratulates Medowie Community Preschool educator Monica Murray and preschool director Michele Ireland on their successful grant application.
GIFT: Kate Washington congratulates Medowie Community Preschool educator Monica Murray and preschool director Michele Ireland on their successful grant application.

The dilapidated verandah at the Medowie Community Preschool will receive a $50,000 upgrade to allow a larger learning space and protect the building from further deterioration.

State MP Kate Washington, who is also the Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education, announced a $50,000 grant during a visit to the centre last week.

“The money will be used to demolish the existing 30 year-old enclosed verandah which is currently not insulated or water-tight and replaced with a new and expanded space to support the preschool’s quality early education programs,” Ms Washington said.

“Medowie preschool is delivering quality early education and as the state MP I was pleased to secure this grant to revamp the centre which is a little worse for wear.

“The preschool’s teachers and educators do an incredible job. Every day they’re making a real difference to our youngest learners.”

The $50,000 gift was the largest grant secured through the 2018 Community Building Partnership Grant Program which saw $330,000 given to 16 organisations throughout Port Stephens.

Meanwhile, Ms Washington is calling on the Bobs Farm sand mine developer to abandon the proposal after 250 residents voiced their objection.

”The No Sand Mine for Bobs Farm group has led a united campaign against this proposal, with other objectors including been Hunter Water, Bobs Farm Public School P&C and Port Stephens Koalas. The community has sent a loud and clear message.”