Families in need to receive a boost

Media Release

WT259/2014

10 December 2014

Joint release with:

Kevin Hogan

Federal Member for Page

Casino residents now have better access to early childhood learning and health facilities after today's official opening of the Jumbunna Community Preschool and Early Intervention Centre—the Robyn Townsend Building.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Centre will be a central location to help children with additional needs as well as vulnerable families in the community.

“The extension to the Centre will be known as the Robyn Townsend building, in dedication to the Centre's Director for the past 35 years,” Mr Truss said.

“Through Mrs Townsend's vision, dedication and foresight, the Centre has grown from a small community preschool into a vital facility which is providing a variety of services and support for the local community.

“Each year 130 children with developmental disabilities or a delay in their development receive early childhood intervention services and family support from the Centre.”

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the facilities will be used for autism specific classes, coaching purposes, training and community meetings and offer families access to health services.

“The construction included two new classrooms, three meeting rooms, storage, laundry, bathroom facilities and eight car parks,” Mr Hogan said.

“It is a great boost for the area, with approximately 40 jobs created during the construction phase of the project.

“The local community will now have greater access to hearing, vision and paediatric clinics, providing much needed support to those families with special needs.”

The extension to the Centre was jointly funded, with the Australian Government investing more than $425,000 and the Jumbunna Community Preschool and Early Intervention Centre contributing more than $200,000.