Councillor Bob Milkovic standing in front of the Rosewood Downs Primary School Kindergarten

Cr Bob Milkovic - Dandenong North Ward (Council News Article June 2024)

Councillor Bob Milkovic standing in front of the Rosewood Downs Primary School Kindergarten

Early education for children is so important, and kindergarten plays a key role in getting our kids ready for school.

Council recognised the need for more kinder places across Greater Dandenong, and last year we celebrated the opening of a new kinder on the grounds of Rosewood Downs Primary School.

The kindergarten has 66 licensed places and was officially opened to students in Term 2 last year. The kinder offers 15 hours of education to children across the three-year-old and four-year-old groups. Since the kinder started operating we have seen a growing number of enrolments, with current figures sitting at 26 three-year-old students 29 four-year-olds.

This facility was jointly funded by Council and the Victorian School Building Authority, and includes an outdoor learning and play space, an administration area, maternal and child health services, and a small community space to support new parent groups and playgroups.

By including these facilities on the same site as the primary school we offer Dandenong North parents an all-in-one space to support their growing families. From those early days with a new baby, to kindergarten and primary school, this building creates a familiar place for children and creates a support network for families as they move through those different stages of life.

This month residents have a final opportunity to have a say on the Draft Budget for 2024–25. As Councillors we have responsibility to allocate your rates to services and projects that benefit our whole community. This Draft Budget
was created following input from our residents, and we would like to offer you all one last chance to let us know if we are getting it right. You can visit to share your thoughts or visit a customer service centre to read a hard copy of the budget and provide your feedback.

In the meantime, you can contact me with Council related matters via email at or by phone on 0435 237 051.