Victorian 2016/17 Budget - Kindergartens
Written on the 29 April 2016
Thursday 28 April 2016
Despite state taxes under Daniel Andrews increasing by $3.7 billion or 20.7% in just two years, only $10 million is allocated in the budget for new kindergartens in growth suburbs.
Growth corridors such as the City of Casey which reportedly records an average of 92 births per week, or nearly 5000 a year, are placing an enormous pressure on existing services.
Even Minister Mikakos has admitted "demand for kindergarten places is growing extremely quickly".
Every year, Melbourne's population grows by around 92,000 people and this budget has failed to manage that challenge.
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