Town of Meredith receives educational and community services boost

Media Release


07 December 2015

Joint release with:

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member for Corangamite

Gayle Tierney

Victorian Member for Western Victoria

Des Phelan

Golden Plains Shire Council

Students, staff and members of the Meredith Community today celebrated the official opening of the $1.2 million Meredith Community Learning Hub.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Australian Government provided $480,000 to the Learning Hub under the Community Development Grants Programme.

"The Programme is delivering almost $350 million to fund nearly 300 projects around Australia that promote stable, secure and viable local and regional economies," Mr McCormack said.

"The Learning Hub is an excellent example of the Australian Government's commitment to projects that have a long-term positive impact on the social and economic infrastructure of communities."

Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, who was at today's official opening, said members of the community had been enjoying the services on offer since July 2015.

"The Learning Hub provides early childhood care, educational services and maternal and children's health services," Ms Henderson said.

"It also provides adult education facilities, a space for community activities and meetings, as well as consultation rooms to facilitate allied health, family support and counselling services.

"All members of the community are able to access this exciting space and the many programmes the hub has to offer."

Victorian Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said the Victorian Government contributed $600,000 to the project which will lead to long-term economic benefits for the area.

"The Learning Hub will benefit people right across the Golden Plains Shire. The expansion of the space allows more people to access training and social services than before," Ms Tierney said.

"The construction and fit-out within the new multipurpose learning hub includes a waiting room and foyer, two consulting rooms, meeting rooms, offices, staff amenities and other community facilities."

Golden Plains Shire Council Des Phelan said he was pleased to see the Australian Government investing in the local region.

"Funding for the community hub was also made possible by donations from the Community House and Meredith Kindergarten Committee," Cr Phelan said.

"The new building is a lovely welcoming space and staff and the community have expressed their delight at the new décor and programmes on offer."

The Meredith Community Learning Centre was funded by the Australian Government ($480,000), Victorian Government ($600,000), Golden Plains Shire Council ($50,000) and donations from the Community House ($20,000) and the Meredith Kindergarten Committee ($50,000).