Com­mu­nity cen­tre open

State-of-the-art $6.8m Torquay one-stop hub

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - JAIMEE WILKENS

THE mul­ti­mil­lion- dol­lar Torquay Kur­ram­bee Myaring Com­mu­nity Cen­tre was of­fi­cially opened yes­ter­day.

The $6.8 mil­lion state-ofthe-art fa­cil­ity will of­fer a va­ri­ety of ser­vices for the rapidly grow­ing Surf Coast com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing kinder­garten pro­grams, ma­ter­nal and child health ser­vices, play­groups, oc­ca­sional care and spa­ces for early in­ter­ven­tion ser­vices and par­ent­ing pro­grams.

The cen­tre is about 10 min­utes’ drive from Arm­strong Creek and is ex­pected to be used by fam­i­lies from the growth area.

Surf Coast Shire mayor David Bell said the hub would be an im­por­tant com­mu­nity as­set for ev­ery­one.

“With our pop­u­la­tion grow­ing, this is a sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment in meet­ing the needs of fam­i­lies in the com­mu­nity,” he said.

The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment pro­vided Surf Coast Shire with $1.6 mil­lion for the project back in 2014 through the Chil­dren’s Fa­cil­i­ties Cap­i­tal Pro­gram.

Con­struc­tion works be­gan in late 2016.

Min­is­ter for Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion Jenny Mikakos said the cen­tre was a fan­tas­tic as­set to the com­mu­nity as it of­fered par­ents mul­ti­ple ser­vices all under one roof. “We know that bet­ter qual­ity early child­hood ser­vices mean a bet­ter start in life for our kids, which is why we’re en­sur­ing our kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life,” she said.

Also in at­ten­dance at yes­ter­day’s open­ing was South Bar­won MP An­drew Katos and West­ern Vic­to­ria MP Gayle Tier­ney.

Al­though the cen­tre was of- fi­cially opened yes­ter­day, more than 100 chil­dren have been en­joy­ing the new kinder­garten and oc­ca­sional care fa­cil­i­ties at the com­mu­nity hub since the start of the year.

Mean­while, in Gee­long, work on the planned $5.5 mil­lion Highton Early Learn­ing Cen­tre be­gan.

The fa­cil­ity — which will be built on the bot­tom oval of Bel­laire Pri­mary School — will in­clude kinder­garten fa- cil­i­ties, a ma­ter­nal child health con­sult­ing suite, play­ground, cen­tral foyer and staff ameni­ties.

City of Greater Gee­long Coun­cil mayor Bruce Har­wood said that the cen­tre was the lat­est of five new early child­hood fa­cil­i­ties in de­sign around the Gee­long re­gion.

“Highton has the largest pop­u­la­tion of chil­dren aged be­tween birth and four years of any sin­gle sub­urb within the City of Greater Gee­long, so there is strong de­mand for this com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity,” he said.

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