THE City of Whittlesea has welcomed a State Government announcement of a total of $9.2 million towards building two community centres in Donnybrook and Wollert.

The funding will enable council to build the Patterson Drive Community Activity Centre in Donnybrook, as well as the West Wollert Community Centre.

Administrator Peita Duncan said council was pleased to partner with the government to provide children’s services.

“A partnership approach always enables us to build much-needed facilities for our fast-growing communities and also increase capacity to meet the demand generated by the government’s three-year-old kindergarten reform program,” she said.

“The government’s funding is co-contributing to kindergartens and maternal and child health services spaces, and these two centres will also provide meeting rooms, community kitchens, gardens and outdoor areas.”

The $9.2 million is part of the government’s Building Blocks Partnership Program and will help create more than 310 kindergarten places between both centres.

Patterson Drive Community Centre also received $2 million from the government’s Growing Suburbs Fund and more than $700,000 from the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program Fund. The City of Whittlesea will also contribute $6.7 million to the projects.