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Construction starts on expanded Shoalhaven community preschool

Monday 22 August 2022

Construction is underway on a new and expanded community pre-school at Shoalhaven, being built as part of the NSW Government’s $438 million Shoalhaven Hospital redevelopment

Shoalhaven Community pre-school is being relocated nearby to a new purpose-built early education centre at the southern end of the hospital campus. 

The new preschool will accommodate up to 60 children, including up to 20 additional places, have a dedicated parking zone for carer drop-off and is only minutes from the preschool’s current location, ensuring continuity of service and minimising any impacts on staff and families. 

The project team has been working closely with the preschool to plan and design the new facility, which will provide a contemporary and expanded early education centre that meets the National Quality Standards for children aged between three and six years to support young families living in the area. 

In addition to the new preschool, the southern end of the campus will be retained as greenspace, enhancing the area’s family-friendly atmosphere.   

Fugen has been awarded the contract to build the project, with the facility due for completion in mid-2023. The existing preschool will remain open at its current location until the new facility is complete. 

The $438 million Shoalhaven Hospital Redevelopment is continuing to progress, with the State Significant Development Application (SSDA) to be lodged with NSW Department of Planning and Environment in the coming months. The SSDA will be placed on exhibition later this year, providing the community the opportunity to provide feedback on the design..

The hospital redevelopment will provide new facilities including for cardiology, mental health and aged care, more operating theatres and a new emergency department, along with greater access to more specialised staff, equipment and technology. 

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Image below: From left: Uncle Paul McLeod; Craig Hamer General Manager Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital; Mrs Shelley Hancock Member for South Coast; Kate Morris Shoalhaven Community Pre-school Director; Rory from Gadhungal Murring and Chris Bertinshaw Chairman of Ilawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Board.

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