Council welcomes $900,000 for Bass Valley Children’s Centre


Bass Coast Shire Council welcomed Harriet Shing, MP and Member of Legislative Council for Eastern Victoria on Friday 4 December to announce a commitment of $900,000 from the State Government to fund the redevelopment of the Bass Valley Children’s Centre in Corinella.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $2.2 million with Council providing $985,000 in funding and the community raising a further $70,000. There is still a shortfall of $300,000 that is currently being sought from Regional Development Victoria to complete the project.

The redevelopment aims to build a new integrated facility that will improve outcomes in the region and advance the education of the local community.

Attending to hear the announcement were representatives from the Bass Valley Children’s Centre, who have worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the Centre and partner with Council to advocate for the funds needed to make the project a reality.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, welcomed the announcement and paid tribute to the committee and community of the Bass Valley area in getting another piece embedded into the puzzle.

“Council is thrilled for the Bass Valley community to hear one of the funding applications have been successful! This funding announcement highlights a partnership between state and local government and the community that we would like to see continued here in the social and capital investment space,” Cr Crugnale said.

“The community has worked very hard to pursue this important project and Council has been proudly supporting them every step of the way from a large financial contribution, officer time and internal resourcing, grant application submissions and advocacy to both State and Federal government.

“This is a brilliant investment. A brilliant social investment for our newest youngest additions to our communities, that we hope have the best start, support and guidance to be well in life in everything they do. This investment is for their parents and guardians to have space for their own personal and professional development in whatever form that takes. This is community building running on a full tank!”

Councillor Clare Le Serve has been supporting the push for funding and working closely with the community as Ward Councillor for the project and commented on the issues the project will try to address.

“I’m just so excited, as are the Bass Valley Children’s Centre Board. This is a giant step forward for this area and communities. For the last 34 years I have been involved in Community Development and this is a great state government support towards the future of Bass Coast families. The Centre will be located near the Bass Highway and will be an advantage to those parents travelling to Melbourne to work also. This offers families an opportunity to seek further education, employment and keep them in the beautiful region we live,” Cr Le Serve said.

“This project is a combination of the support from many stakeholders and was recognised as an urgent need by the Bass Valley Community Group Committee, who was raising money through the Op Shop to keep their Occasional Care Children’s program going. This is fantastic news for JLM Kindergarten, Bass Valley Primary, families and community.”

An eco-friendly centre, low-maintenance, cost effective and modern facility, which concentrates on the learning experience of each child, will provide excellence in service delivery and promote continuity in learning from birth through to school age and beyond.

Linked to the Bass Valley Primary School (Victorian Principal of the Year 2015, Leanne Edwards, state award winner for their 'Ready, Set, Go' Program and a participant school in the pilot Linking Learning Program), the Centre will be a sanctuary for children.

The proposed new Integrated Children’s Centre will provide spaces for approximately 80 children and the following services:

  • Funded Four Year Old Kindergarten Program

  • Long Day Care

  • Maternal and Child Health Services

  • Early Childhood Intervention Services

  • Family Services

  • Counselling Services

  • Supported Playgroup

  • Parenting Groups

  • Occasional Care

  • Community Meeting Spaces

  • Outside School Hours Care

  • School Holiday Care

  • Immunisation Services