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Published Wednesday 9 September 2020
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Big boost for family services in Mitchell

Families and children in Mitchell will soon have better access to community services and early education in Kilmore and Wallan with $1.9 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund announced by the Victorian Government this week.

Mitchell Shire Council will develop a new community hub at the former Killara Child Care Centre in Wallan thanks to the $850,000 from the Victorian Government.

A planned $3.3 million expansion of Kilmore’s Marie Williams Kindergarten into a Family and Children’s Centre is also a step closer thanks to $1.1 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund.

Local Government Minister Shaun Leane, Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced the Victorian Government’s contribution of $1.9 million for the two projects yesterday.

Wallan Community Services Hub $1.2 million

Council $350,000

Victorian Government $850,000

Wallan Community Services Hub will create a single integrated cohesive community facility to support community access to services and programs focused on early intervention and prevention.

Kilmore Family and Children’s Centre ($3.3 million)

Council $450,000

Victorian Government $1.1 million

Funding being sought: $1.8 million

Expansion of Marie Williams Kindergarten in Kilmore to provide much-needed space for maternal and child health and early learning services, increasing numbers for young families in the area.

The funding boost couldn’t come at a better time. It’s a great boost for morale as well as the economy, and it sends a clear message that Mitchell has a strong future ahead as it continues to lead Melbourne’s growth.
Quotes by Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor David Lowe

“This funding announcement comes at a time when families in Mitchell Shire are planning for the future after a disruptive 2020 due to COVID-19.

The new facilities will mean our community can access modern, purpose-built services now and in the future as we continue to grow.

The family and children’s centre expansion will help us continue to meet demand from a growing community for families to access to maternal and child health and early learning services. It will also mean those services can be provided in a more contemporary space that suits modern practices for service delivery.

The funding for the Wallan Community Services Hub is also great news and will provide a flexible space for specialist services.

We are grateful for our partnership with the Victorian State Government and their assistance with providing these much-needed community services through the Growing Suburbs Fund.”

This page was last updated on 10 September 2020.