Issued Thursday 15 February 2018
The City of Casey has celebrated the start of works on a major redevelopment of Strathaird Family and Community Centre, which will create much-needed extra kindergarten spaces for the Narre Warren South community.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett was joined by Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley MP on Thursday 15 February to turn the first sod on the $2.8 million project.
The redevelopment, jointly funded by Council ($1.4m) and the State Government through the Growing Suburbs Fund ($1.4m), will deliver:
An additional four-year-old kindergarten room including an outdoor play area.
A new Maternal and Child Health consulting room and an upgrade of the existing consulting room.
Redevelopment of the community space to include a large, multi-purpose community room with modern Audio-Visual equipment, kitchen and courtyard.
The creation of one point of entry for the community with a staffed reception.
Public wi-fi access, installation of public art and improved car parking.
Cr Ablett said this redevelopment would help Council better cater to the growth and demand for early childhood services in the area and create an improved community space for local residents.
“Currently, kindergarten services in Narre Warren are limited and Council-run facilities in the area are running at full capacity,” he said.
“This redevelopment will increase capacity for four-year-old kindergarten places from 90 to 135, providing more opportunities for families to access a local and convenient centre.
“The extension of the existing small community space will allow additional Maternal and Child Health and family services to be offered such as first-time parent groups and sleep settling to be run on a regular basis within the centre.
“The project will make way for a wider variety of programs and activities to be delivered to support the broader community and could include dad’s programs, parenting sessions and playgroups to enhance the health and wellbeing of the community.”
The Mayor thanked the State Government for its contribution towards this project.
“This funding allows Council to progress the Strathaird Family and Community Centre redevelopment and ensures our residents do not miss out on the infrastructure and services their local community needs,” he said.
The redevelopment is expected to be completed in early 2019.