MORE than half a million dollars has been granted to the Lord Howe Island Community Preschool project to kick start plans to establish the community’s first early learning centre.
The $560,000 grant was awarded under the Start Strong Capital Works program.
The grant will be used to build a purpose built facility for the island’s children to start their education experience.
The preschool committee initially received a grant through the Department of Family and Community Services but soon realised that in order to establish a purpose-built preschool, additional funding would be required.
“I was pleased to host a visit to Parliament House earlier in the year for committee members Rachael McFadyen, Lucy Kuilman and Emily Riddle to learn more about what is involved in establishing and operating a preschool for the Island,” Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams said.
“Members of the Lord Howe Island Community Preschool Committee have been working tirelessly over many years and in particular over the past months to submit their grant application and they are to be congratulated for their determination and diligence to ensure the preschool becomes a reality.”