Karmai Children's Centre now open

Media Release

FN029/2017

10 March 2017

  • New integrated children's centre opens in South Gippsland.
  • The facilities will provide quality childcare, kindergarten, and maternal child health services.
  • The Coalition Government invested $1.6 million through the National Stronger Regions Fund.

The Korumburra community gathered today to celebrate the opening of the Karmai Community Children's Centre, which will provide additional early learning and day care options in South Gippsland.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said that the new children's centre will provide the local community with quality accessible childcare, kindergarten, maternal child health and out of school hours care.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and providing access to childcare and education facilities like this are crucial when raising young families,” Minister Nash said.

“Quality early education is key to developing the young minds who will one day run this wonderful country.”

Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent who joined the community today, said the project is another example of the Australian Government's commitment to promoting sustainable long term economic development in Australia's regions.

“The new purpose-built children's centre will provide 120 places for early learning and long day care— addressing the growing needs of this vibrant community,” Mr Broadbent said.

“Not only will the facility provide much needed quality services for families with young children but also 20 ongoing jobs will be created to operate the centre, providing a welcome economic boost within the local community.”

“Particular congratulations must go to the Karmai Children's Centre Committee, who fought so hard for to ensure the construction of this vital community asset,” Mr Broadbent said today.

Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said that the new children's centre includes three long day care and two early learning rooms, maternal and specialist consulting rooms, and indoor and outdoor play spaces.

“The energy efficient building features a range of technologies with the aim to be cost positive; with a 10 kW solar panel on the roof, computer controlled climate systems, and a special rain sensor to automatically close windows,” Ms Pulford said.

Mayor of South Gippsland Cr Ray Argento said the new wonderful facilities would serve the Korumburra community for years to come.

“It stands as a tribute to the hard work of the community members who raised $100,000 towards the project—their vision has now been realised,” Cr Argento said.

“Council would particularly like to thank the Australian and State Governments for their contribution.

“This is the result of all four of us: Council, the community, the Australian Government and the Victorian Government—working together for the benefit of the families of the Korumburra district.”

The project was jointly funded by the Australian Government ($1.6 million), the Victorian Government ($1.6 million), South Gippsland Shire Council ($2.05 million), and the Karmai Community Children's Centre Inc. ($100,000).