Koobara Aboriginal and Islander Kindergarten and Pre-Prep

Welcome to Koobara Kindergarten and Pre-prep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation!

We primarily offer a service to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children of the north-side region. Children of other cultures are most welcome, and every effort is made to incorporate aspects of all children’s backgrounds into our educational program. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

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Our services

Koobara provides educational services in three distinct categories:

Kindergarten and Pre-Prep

Kindergarten and Pre-Prep

Kindergarten children have fun while they are learning. Koobara delivers a 5-day fortnight Early Years Learning program for children aged from 3-5 years. Your child will enjoy cultural learning, activities, making new friends and learning new skills in a safe…



Koobara offers playgroup every Monday from 10am - 12pm for Parents, Carers' and bubs aged from 0-3 years of age. Our playgroups are filled with educational learning, activities, excursions and fun. Parents enjoy a safe and social environment while playing…

Community Program

Community Program

Community Program meet every Tuesday fortnight from 3.30pm - 5.30pm. Join in the fun. Our Community Support Staff at Koobara plan activities and an evening meal for the Families of our Community. Transport available for pick-up and drop off with-in…

About us


To provide culturally-responsive programs for the personal development of the diverse children of our community; and to provide a safe place where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are celebrated.

Koobara was established in 1974 by local Aboriginal mothers whose children’s rights to an early learning experience that reflected their diverse identities and cultures, were not being met by non-Indigenous services. 

Today, we benefit from the ground-breaking work of those women and their families, as our kindy continues to thrive and nurture the leaders of tomorrow.  At the heart of what we do is the assertion of a sovereignty over our programs, processes and ways of knowing and being. 

Koobara is community-controlled by a local, all-First-Nations board and our teaching, administration and ancillary staff are all Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people – many of whom who were either past Koobara Kindy kids, parents/grandparents of Koobara Kindy kids, or both!  We know that strong communities raise strong jarjums, and Koobara is still honoured to be working with the children and families of this community decades after its founding.

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Image of Koobara Aboriginal and Islander Kindergarten and Pre-Prepbuildings and flags in the foreground

Our community events

Koobara holds community events throughout the year. Events held include:

13  Feb
421 Beams Road, TAIGUM QLD 4018

12th Anniversary of the Apology Breakfast

Koobara Kindergarten & Pre- Prep would like to invite you to attend our Apology Breakfast on Thursday 13th February 2020, at 7am-9am. I have attached a Flyer. Please RSVP BY: Monday 10th February. Thank you.

Community Survival Day
25  Jan
421 Beams Road, TAIGUM QLD 4018

Koobara Community Survival Day March 2020

Koobara and the local community commemorate the lives lost since invasion on the 26th January, 1788. March through the main street of Zillmere down to the kindy grounds, then hear stories from local Elders and community leaders. A day to…

25  Jan
421 Beams Road, TAIGUM QLD 4018

Koobara Community Day Event 2020

“Standing Strong, Deadly and Proud in Our Culture for Our Children and Community” The day will begin at 10am where stalls and family friendly activities-Jumping Castle, Water Slide, and more will be available for families and community members to enjoy.…

Our history

The name Koobara is an Aboriginal word from which dialect has not been ascertained but it was Auntie Melita Orcher who suggested the name after reading a book with the word Koobara in it which translated to mother and child. The logo was designed by Hope Neil in 1984.

The story of Koobara is one of empowerment for all those who have been involved in its history, its journey and its future. Strong leadership, strong communities creating strong jarjums.

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Our staff

As per our licencing, all staff and board members hold a current Working with Children Blue Card.

Gloria Rankine
Gloria Rankine Co-Director/Administrator/Teacher
Chelsea Rolfe
Chelsea Rolfe Co-Director/Teacher
Melissa Meehan
Melissa Meehan Administration/Transition & Family Assistant

Our blog

Read more about the happenings at Koobara through our blog.

08 Oct

Community Engagement Survey.

Koobara Kindergarten/ Pre-Prep in collaboration with Jabiru Community College are asking our community to have a say in how we can bridge the gaps in education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Click on the link and complete our…

28 Jul


NAIDOC Week 2020 is usually held from Sunday 5 July to Sunday 12 July and is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing…

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Contact us

For more information on Koobara, our services and enrolment information, please contact us.

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If you would like to contact Koobara, you may do so via the following means:

421 Beams Road, Taigum QLD 4034

Phone: 07 3265 7171