New Health Hub a shot in the arm for Belgrave community
21 April 2018
Joint release with:
Mayor of Yarra Ranges Council
Federal Member for La Trobe
- Multi-purpose health hub in Belgrave, Victoria now open
- New hub will offer much needed health and social services to local families
- The Coalition Government invested nearly $4 million in the project.
The opening of a new multi-purpose health hub in the outer-Melbourne suburb of Belgrave will improve the health outcomes of the region by creating a one-stop shop for social services.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the new hub was part of the Coalition Government's investment in the La Trobe region.
“Through the demolition of the existing building and construction of the new hub, we have not only created a quality centre for the Belgrave region but also stimulated the local economy through the generation of important jobs during construction,” Dr McVeigh said.
Federal Member for La Trobe Jason Wood, who opened the hub today, said the new building was a welcome replacement for the ageing, substandard previous accommodation.
“This project constructed a two-storey multi-purpose health building with an open plan office hosting 27 work stations, two kitchens and a car park with capacity for 50 cars, great for the community and Council's needs,” Mr Wood said.
“The hub will also cater for those in need, with shower and laundry facilities open for public use.
“This new health hub will improve community access to quality and affordable health services which we expect will improve health outcomes across the region.”
Mayor of Yarra Ranges Council Len Cox said the hub was ready to provide the community with a range of social services including counselling and speech therapy for children for school readiness.
“The hub was built to respond to the high demand for allied health and family and children services, and will provide purpose-built accommodation for visiting specialist services including mental health, public dental and family violence support services,” Cr Cox said.
This project was jointly funded with the Coalition Government investing $3.835 million, the Victorian Government $1.723 million, Yarra Ranges Council $3.865 million and Inspiro $250,000.