Early learning centre planned for Wallan East

MITCHELL Shire Council is seeking lease applicants for a new early learning centre in Wallan East.

A relocatable, modular facility is currently being manufactured and will be placed adjacent to Our Lady of the Way Catholic Primary School on Newbridge Boulevard later this year.

The facility, under a working title of Wallan East Family and Children’s Centre, will feature three early education and care rooms, with a capacity of 33 students in each room.

It will also contain office spaces, a meeting room, two kitchens, a foyer, two toilets and outside play areas.

The facility will cater to three and four-year-old children.

Council resolved to publicly advertise its intention to lease the centre at last week’s ordinary meeting.

Cr Bob Cornish said the facility would help bring the Wallan East community together.

He said it would be ideally placed near the primary school and two new housing developments.

“This is the first step, or second step, in infrastructure development down at Wallan East, at [the] Newbridge and Wallara Waters [developments],” he said.

“Our Lady of the Way will be across the road from this facility when its built and opens in October this year.

“This is much needed in the Wallan East area. It will help bring a bit of connectivity to the community down there.

“People can get together and meet each other rather than just be fly-by-nights in and out of the township. It’s going to be of great benefit to the township.”

Cr Rhonda Sanderson said she was excited for the council to begin fielding lease applications.

“I’m really happy to see the lease will be advertised… and I’ll be interested to see submissions come in as a result of that,” she said.