Family Services Centre opens in Donald

Media Release


26 February 2016

Joint release with:

Jaala Pulford

Victorian Minister for Agriculture
Victorian Minister for Regional Development

Reid Mather

Mayor of Buloke Shire Council

Andrew Broad

Federal Member for Mallee

A new $2.2 million Donald Family Services Centre was opened today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the opening of the Donald Family Services Centre will help address the lack of childcare and maternal child and health facilities in the local area.

“More Donald parents will now get access to long day care and kindergarten facilities, along with essential maternal and child health services,” Senator Nash said.

Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad, who cut the ribbon at the official opening today, said the project is a shining example of all levels of government working together with the community to deliver much needed infrastructure in regional Australia.

“The Donald Family Services Centre will be a great boost to the community's ability to support the needs of new and existing residents,” Mr Broad said.

“The project has already paid dividends through the creation of jobs. Twenty-nine trade jobs were created during the construction of this project, while another four long term jobs were created.”

Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said the new Centre includes two long day care rooms and a kindergarten room with amenities and storages areas.

“An outdoor play area with playground equipment, sand pits, grassed area and security fencing was also installed,” Ms Pulford said.

“The facility also includes consulting suites, meeting spaces and a multipurpose hall and kitchen area to support the delivery of health services.”

Mayor of Buloke Shire Council Reid Mather said the partnership with the Australian and Victorian governments has delivered a centre that will be heavily used in years to come.

“This project was much needed and I am delighted to see it come to fruition,” Cr Mather said.

The project was jointly funded by the Australian Government which provided $439,577, the Victorian Government which invested $1,496,661, the Buloke Shire Council which contributed $242,500 and the Donald Community which donated $38,590.