Adjournment Matter: Horace Petty housing estate kindergarten

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran)—My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, and the action I seek is for an urgent upgrade of the kindergarten located on the Horace Petty housing estate in the Prahran electorate.

I recently visited the kindergarten, which provides fully funded or heavily subsidised places to over 40 families on the estate. The building does not appear to have been upgraded since it was built in the 1960s. When I visited the kindergarten it was clear the building was in urgent need of an upgrade to provide a safe and inviting space for children and their families in the estate. The building does not have adequate cooling, the bathroom and kitchen are in a state of disrepair, the outside roof leaks and the carpets are stained. The kindergarten’s small office is cramped and in need of shelving and is without proper blinds and ventilation. This only a summary of the many issues which extend much further and affect the day-to-day running of the kindergarten. The kindergarten provides an invaluable service on the estate and a sense of community. It connects families, puts children and families in touch with necessary services and facilitates a sense of community that is vital to creating a vibrant and inclusive community on the estate. The importance of children attending a kindergarten in those formative years cannot be stressed enough, and particularly a kindergarten such as this one which provides respite and sanctuary to those in need. I urge the minister to provide funding to sufficiently upgrade the kindergarten and create a space where children in Prahran can flourish and can simply feel safe, supported and valued.