McDougall Park Kindy first makeover since 1966

d490401aSG: FRONT: Teacher Evie Buckland, secretary Leonie Donovan with son Max (5), PMC Vice President Richard. BACK: Parents and children from the McDougall Park Community Kindy. Picture: David Baylis
d490401aSG: FRONT: Teacher Evie Buckland, secretary Leonie Donovan with son Max (5), PMC Vice President Richard. BACK: Parents and children from the McDougall Park Community Kindy. Picture: David Baylis

STUDENTS said a temporary goodbye to McDougall Park Community Kindergarten as construction started this week for its first makeover since 1966.

McDougall Park Kindy students were relocated to Curtin Primary School for Term 1 while the building undergoes its first structural renovation.

Parent Management Committee vice president Richard Bazen said the much-needed renovation has been discussed for a long time.

“A few years ago, the numbers were quite low and we were one of the kindergartens under threat,” he said.

“Now we’ve got two full classes and have been oversubscribed.

“I think the City of South Perth has recognised what’s needed for this building to survive for the next 50 years.”

The kindergarten received funding from the City of South Perth and $15,000 from the Stronger Communities programme in December last year.

Improvement works include universal access toilets, a new teaching room, a teacher’s office, updated air-conditioning and extension to the main building.

Mr Bazen said some parts would be re-assembled after the construction, including the pipes, drums and chime bars from the outdoor music garden.

“We had parents who built that stuff 10 years ago come in and help us take them off,” he said.

Mr Bazen said the new site was expected to be completed by April.

“We’re aiming to be back in here at the start of Term 2,” he said.