Federal Visit For Bass Valley Children’s Centre


The Bass Valley Children’s Centre Inc (BVCCI) invited Federal Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt MP, to attend the future site of the Centre and hear first-hand about the project recently.

Mr Hunt was interested in the project and its potential benefits to the community.

BVCCI Project Representative, Tanya Hughes, said he provided them and Bass Coast Shire Council with a number of suggestions for potential funding sources that might be available through the Federal Government and some leads in relation to private investment into the building of the Centre.

"We appreciate Mr Hunt attending the recent site visit, where he said he would endorse the project. We hope he is able to use his influence to actively promote the project among fellow Government officials to bring this project to fruition,” Ms Hughes said.

“There is only one thing standing in the way of this district having better outcomes - and that's State and Federal commitments to funding around $1.65 million in total.”

The Centre is a proposed integrated early years’ centre in Corinella that will provide services to a number of rural, isolated townships in the Shire.

The community’s vision is for a centre of excellence that provides a range of programs designed to meet the current and future needs of families and children living in the area.

The Centre will provide child care through integrated early year’s learning and care programs for children aged 0-12 years and their families.

Ms Hughes said this will include long day care, casual care, before and after school care, vacation care and early intervention services.

"The results of several surveys across the catchment area painted a clear picture of what was missing for families, and we are responding to those needs,” Ms Hughes said.

“Improving access to early year's services in this district is important so we are representing the needs of the catchment to all levels of Government for funding.”

The Project has been driven by BVCCI, the community steering committee with membership from Bass Valley Primary School, Bass Valley Community Group, Jeanette Loughridge Memorial Kindergarten, Council, the community and families.

"The not-for-profit Incorporated Association's Board are leading the way with a firm vision to meet the current and future needs of children aged 0-12 years and their families living in the Bass Valley district, working in partnership with local Council, who share the same vision,” Ms Hughes said.

“Together, BVCCI and Council are busy planning for the new facilities for families in this part of the Shire.Council’s General Manager Healthy Communities, David Elder, said Council has committed capital funding in its Long Term Financial Plan and in its 2015/16 Budget to bring this important project to fruition.

“The capital and establishment costs for a new Centre will need to be shared between government, Council and the community,” Mr Elder said.

“The proposed Centre will require significant financial support from Council, and the community is committed to raising a substantial contribution through fundraising, sponsorship and in-kind contributions.”

Ms Hughes thanked Council for supporting the project and working with the BVCCI since 2011.

"Council has been very supportive of this project providing a significant investment of both time and money, which shows Council's commitment to early year's services and to supporting parents with children - and families are grateful,” Ms Hughes said.

 “The outcomes of this project could not be achieved without the planned partnership approach. We are thankful Council is a major funding partner in this project."