12 May 2017
The future looks bright for maternal and child health services in Broadford, with a major upgrade about to begin.
A $410,000 upgrade at Mt Piper Kindergarten will ensure the area is well equipped to cater for significant growth expected in the Shire over the coming years.
Over the next 15 years, an extra 12,000 children under the age of 14 are expected to live in the Mitchell Shire.
The upgrade will include two maternal and child health consulting rooms and a waiting room.
One of the consultation rooms will be used as a visiting consult room, with potential for allied health services to operate from the centre.
The new facility will be built onto the back of the current kindergarten.
The upgrade has been jointly funded by Mitchell Shire Council ($60,000) and the Victorian Department of Education and Training ($350,000).
Construction is expected to start later this month, with the centre hoped to be open in August 2017.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the new facilities would cater for the Shire’s growing population and would provide a good opportunity for collaboration.
“This exciting upgrade will allow maternal and child health staff and kinder staff to work closer together with the families of our children aged 0 to five,” Cr Sanderson said.
“Our families and children deserve a modern facility like this which will enhance integration for health, early learning, social support and engagement.
“This is yet another example of Council investing in maternal and child health services and comes on the back of the opening of the Wallan Family and Children’s Centre earlier this year.”
The upgrade will be completed by FPPV Architecture and Daniel Duna Constructions Pty Ltd.