Milestone marked as tenders called for new preschool build

The tender process for the construction of a new Gundagai Preschool has opened. Pictured at the current preschool is CGRC mayor Abb McAlister, president of the preschool committee Lauren Eccelston, preschool director Stacey Smith and committee member Kayla Smart (with Faith Smart).

Gundagai is one step closer to having a brand new state-of-the-art Gundagai Preschool Kindergarten, with Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC) calling for tenders for the construction of the redevelopment.  

Months of planning and consultation between the council and preschool has culminated in plans being drawn up to see the exciting new redevelopment take place.

The council is now seeking suitably qualified contractors to undertake construction of the new preschool, with the project set to be undertaken in two stages. This is required to allow early childcare and preschool activities to continue uninterrupted and safely during the redevelopment.

Stage 1 will see substantial earthworks, a carpark, and a new preschool building constructed, with staff and children moving to the new building before Stage 2 commences.  

Stage 2 will see the existing preschool building demolished before final buildings will be constructed. 

The successful contractor will need to work closely with preschool staff to ensure minimal interruption and safety to staff, children and families. 

Once completed, the preschool will provide up to 80 places for children three years to school-age, as well as a vital therapy room for children and families who require inclusion and support services.  

The design includes three age-appropriate playrooms, all with separate bathrooms and change areas, a staff room, and a dedicated kitchen and dining area where children and educators can take part in interactive cooking experiences. 

As well as providing preschool education, one of the playrooms will offer a therapy space to cater for inclusion services such as occupational therapists, speech pathologists, parenting classes and early childhood courses. 

The new facility will ensure every child in the community has access to a quality preschool program, two years before formal schooling.

The council said the new facility will support growth within the community, activate the local economy, and improve services and community infrastructure. 

It is vital the project remains on budget and construction falls within allocations, the council added. 

The project was made possible through the support of NSW Strong Capital Works Program.  

The tender closes on October 8, with contracts expected to be signed early in November.

CGRC mayor Abb McAlister said he was pleased the final plans have come together.

“We’ve reached the first milestone in what will be a great future development for the preschool,” Cr McAlister said. 

“Council staff along with stakeholders from the preschool have worked together to ensure that the future needs of Gundagai’s preschool aged children are met.”

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