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New $3.7 million integrated community and learning hub to be built in Seymour

1 September 2017 

A new $3.7 million integrated community and learning hub to be built in Seymour is set to help local families and strengthen community connections.

The hub, to be co-located on the grounds of Seymour College, will cater for everything from maternal and child health and kindergarten services to community and youth groups.

It has been funded through the Victorian Government’s Shared Facilities Fund, and also includes professional consulting rooms and multi-purpose spaces.

Features of the hub include:

· Two early learning rooms with outdoor spaces

· An outdoor children’s play space

· Two maternal and child health rooms

· Two consulting rooms

· A multi-purpose room

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said co-locating the facility with Seymour College would have many benefits.

“Co-locating this facility with Seymour College not only offers opportunities for holistic service delivery in the early stages of development of a child, but it also creates a smooth transition for children when heading to school,” Cr Sanderson said.

“The hub will be a place where people can feel comfortable. It will increase community involvement for those people who are socially isolated, as well as providing services that will address the needs of at-risk children and families.”

Cr Sanderson said the project was a great example of forming partnerships to benefit the whole community.

“The Shared Facilities Fund is all about opening up school facilities and sharing them with the wider community,” Cr Sanderson said.

“On behalf of Mitchell Shire Council, we’d like to thank the Victorian Government for investing in this quality facility which will have so many benefits for our community.”

The integrated community and learning hub is the third project in Mitchell Shire funded through the Shared Facilities Fund.

It follows recent announcements of a $121,275 soccer pitch lighting upgrade at Broadford Secondary College and a $585,000 new sports oval and $46,000 air conditioning system at Wallan Secondary College.