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Published Monday 15 October 2018
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Mitchell’s newest community centre is now open

The $6.74 million Greater Beveridge Community Centre is now open for community use, with maternal and child health appointments and centre drop-ins starting today (15 October).

Maternal and child health appointments are now available on Mondays, Wednesdays and every second Thursday. A weekly breastfeeding clinic will also start this week, operating on Wednesdays from 1pm to 2.30pm (drop in).

People can also drop in to the centre and take a look around from 10am to 4pm weekdays, with community bookings for the multi-purpose rooms also available.

A community BBQ will be held in November to welcome everyone to the new space.

Immunisation and library pop-ups will operate from the centre soon, with the first kindergarten classes to start next year.

TRY Australia will operate the centre with more information on services and programs running from the centre available soon.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said it was exciting to see the first community members through the doors.

“Community facilities like the Greater Beveridge Community Centre are critical for bringing people together and creating a strong sense of community,” Cr Sanderson said.

“I’m sure the many young families in Beveridge will appreciate being able to access early years services so close to home. The centre will also provide much-needed local services for people of all ages and stages of life.

“I look forward to seeing the centre become a well-loved community hub for years to come as the Greater Beveridge area continues to grow.”

The centre is funded by Newland ($3 million), the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning ($2.14 million) and the Victorian Government’s Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution ($1.6 million). TRY Australia will operate the centre on behalf of Council.

Cr Sanderson said the funding partnerships were vital for growth councils like Mitchell. “We simply couldn’t fund a centre of this scale on our own at this stage in our growth cycle,” she said.

“I’d like to sincerely thank the Victorian Government, especially our local members Jaclyn Symes and Danielle Green, as well as the developers Newland for their funding support.

“This is also our first partnership with TRY Australia who will operate the centre. I look forward to seeing this model in action and the benefits we’ll see from their social focus and early years expertise.”

The centre is located on the corner of Lithgow St and Mandalay Circuit: Maternal and child health appointments can be made by calling Council’s central booking team on (03) 5734 6253.