Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

{Battle for Kindy Win Calls for a } {Is Finally over, Big Celebration }; Dedication Pays off with Kindy Title Now Back with Community

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

{Battle for Kindy Win Calls for a } {Is Finally over, Big Celebration }; Dedication Pays off with Kindy Title Now Back with Community

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Byline: TORI MAINEY

IF you hear screams coming from the Warwick Community Kindergarten, don't fear for the safety of the children - they will be the cheers of joy from the staff and committee who have spent more than 30 years fighting to keep it alive.

Next Friday members of past and current committees, parents and staff will celebrate the Queensland Government handing back the title for the kindergarten.

Angela Davies, teaching director since 1993, said it was a chance to thank the many people in the community who helped win the battle.

"Our kindy was born from the commitment and dedication of a supportive community nearly 60 years ago," Mrs Davies said.

When the kindy relocated to Dragon Street in 1995 its long term security was uncertain.

"From this point on we have spent thousands of hours in negotiations with Education Queensland," she said.

"We could have easily given up but it's thanks to 14 past committees and 56 members, plus all of the members of sub committees who were of the same mind, that the Warwick Community Kindy is back where it belongs, in the community."

Mrs Davies said past presidents of the kindergarten committee had dedicated years to the cause.

"There are far too many presidents to thank, but Janine Baldwin was the one who realised something had to be done and starting this amazing feat rolling," she said.

"Heather Goonan is another president who continued the fight right up until today.

"As soon as we had the piece of paper she handed over the last of the very big files of the history of this fight, which will be put in the bank's vault in case we ever need them again."

Mrs Goonan, who became president in 1998, said she had been over the moon when she heard the news.

"It has been a very long battle so it's wonderful," Mrs Goonan said.

Mrs Goonan continued the crusade even after her children left the kindergarten, with her youngest now in year nine.

"I did it because I believe in the Warwick Community Kindy and all of the teachers there," she said. …

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