AN innovative $2.17 million relocatable Early Learning Centre in Wallan East on the corner of Wallara Waters Boulevard and South Station Street is one of a raft of projects announced last week.
The centre will consist of three kindergarten rooms for 33 children, two maternal child health consulting rooms, administration area, amenities, carpark and outdoor play spaces. The Early Learning Centre will support families living and moving into that growing community.
In announcing the funding, Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the relocatable centre was part of a program that would see similar facilities placed in areas of rapid population growth.
“The concept enables services to be delivered to families in growing areas much earlier than waiting for a permanent centre to be built,” Ms Symes said.
More than $3.1 million will be spent across Mitchell Shire with funding provided by the Growing Suburbs Fund.
Speaking at the announcement, Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green said the Growing Suburbs Fund provided communities like Mitchell Shire with assets and infrastructure that benefited residents.
“By investing in Mitchell Shire areas through the Growing Suburbs Fund. The new investments in Wallan will provide important services and wellbeing opportunities for the area,” Ms Green said.
In addition to the Early Learning Centre, $645,789 has been provided to establish a Wallan Youth Services Hub to deliver and facilitate the co-location of best-practice youth mental health and wellbeing services, the former council kindergarten building in Wellington Street will be refurbished to house the Hub.
Ms Symes praised Mitchell Shire Youth Mayor Lachlan Mathews-Gunn for his advocacy for the youth hub.
“Lachlan has lobbied council and members of parliament for a youth hub to be established in the area to ensure there is help available locally so young people can access vital services close to home,” she said.
A further $175,000 will be spent on play spaces at Danaher Reserve and Botanical Avenue Reserves in Wallan, including half-court basketball areas, sitting and picnics amenities, pathway improvements and landscaping.
Both Hadfield Park in Wallan and Hudson Park in Kilmore will benefit from $142,301 to install outdoor exercise stations including steppers, cycling, chest press, leg press, rubber matting surfaces, extra seating and pathway improvements.
The play spaces and outdoor equipment will provide opportunities for local families to be more active and stay healthy.
The projects will be delivered by Mitchell Shire Council which has also contributed financially. The works will commence in 2019.