Work starts on new children's centre for South Gippsland

Media Release

WT384/2015

20 November 2015

Joint release with:

Daniel Mulino

Member of Eastern Victoria

Bob Newton

Mayor South Gippsland Shire Council

Russell Broadbent

Federal Member for McMillan

Construction began today on the $5.3 million Karmai Community Children's Centre project that will provide additional early learning and day care options to families in South Gippsland.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government had committed $1.6 million towards the project under Round One of the National Stronger Regions Fund.

“The Fund will provide $1 billion over five years to support priority infrastructure projects like this one in regional communities across Australia,” Mr Truss said.

“We are committed to working with private sector organisations, state and local governments to deliver much needed community infrastructure projects, right across Australia.

“Russell has fought long and hard this funding, which I know will be a great boost for Korumburra.”

State Labor Member of Eastern Victoria Daniel Mulino said local families would benefit from better access to quality early childhood services at an important time in their child's development.

“Works will include the construction of three long day care rooms and two early learning rooms, two interchangeable maternal and specialist consulting rooms, various indoor and outdoor play spaces, and meeting rooms,” Mr Mulino said.

Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent, who was in Korumburra today to turn the first sod marking the start of works, said the project would co-locate existing services that no longer met the increasing demand and had no capacity to expand.

“The Centre will be a purpose-built facility offering 120 new places for child care, kindergarten and out of school hours care, along with maternal health services and a training facility for childhood educators” Mr Broadbent said.

South Gippsland Shire Council Mayor Bob Newton said the centre would be known as the ‘Karmai Community Children's Centre’ following the amalgamation of Korumburra Kindergarten and Birralee Childcare Centre.

“Council is pleased to partner with the Australian and Victorian governments and private enterprise to deliver this very welcome project,” Cr Newton said.

“This has been a community initiated project and the Karmai Community Children's Centre Committee are partners in bringing the project to fruition.

“Locally, 24 jobs are expected to be created during construction and another 27 ongoing jobs are expected to be created once the facility is complete.”

The Karmai Community Children's Centre is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments ($1.6 million each), the South Gippsland Shire Council (over $2 million) and the Karmai Community Children's Centre Inc. ($100,000).