Posted on 23. Jul, 2010 in Clayton Update

Young Parents in Springvale have received an extra helping hand with the opening of the new $7.7 million Springvale Service for Children Centre in Lightwood Road today.

Officially opening the centre, Minister for Community Development Lily D’Ambrosio congratulated the community on the establishment of their newest community facility.

“Victoria is undergoing a baby boom, which is why the Brumby Labor Government is investing in centres such as this to deliver the services Victorian families need close to home,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“That’s why we are contributing a $500,000 Victorian Community Support Grant to the construction costs of the new Springvale Service for Children Centre.

“Our Government is investing in strong, healthy communities by ensuring they are well connected to local services and facilities.”

Ms D’Ambrosio also helped launch the City of Greater Dandenong’s municipal early years plan, which will shape the development and coordination of programs and facilities for children in coming years.

“Given the amount of new families in Springvale, the council should be congratulated for their early years plan, ‘Healthy Kids and Families, where our future begins’,” she said.

“Fittingly, the $7.7 million Centre is a ‘one stop shop’ for young parents, where a range of services, including maternal and child health and childcare services are housed under the same roof where grandparent groups and community cooking classes are held.

“In addition to designated space for children’s services, the centre also has multipurpose space available to the community on evenings and weekends.”

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Maxine Morand said the centre would be a valuable resource for families now and into the future.

“Our Government recognises the importance of the early years in a child’s development and it is fantastic that we have been able to work in collaboration with the local council to deliver high quality services for families in Springvale,“ Ms Morand said.


“This Centre is the result of the City of Greater Dandenong working in partnership with the community and the Brumby Labor Government.”

Since 2004, the Victorian Community Support Grants program has supported 595 projects worth more than $99.3 million that improve communities.

For more information about the Victorian Community Support Grants, please visit www.grants.dpcd.vic.gov.au.

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