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New Children’s Hub In Truganina, but more investment needed

Feb 22, 2018


LeadWest welcomes the Victoria Government's announcement that families in Truganina in Melbourne's West will soon be able to access the first-rate early childhood services they deserve under the one roof.

$1.2 million to help build the Truganina East Integrated Family Learning Centre, through a major grant provided as part of the Children’s Facilities Capital Program, is very welcome.

The new facility will include three kindergarten rooms, flexible early years spaces and consultation rooms and will be co-located at Truganina East P-9 and an existing Maternal and Child Health centre – bringing together community family services on one site.

The Victorian Government is aware that over 35 babies are born every day across the six local council areas in Melbourne's West. The Victorian Government is also aware that some of these children are born into circumstances that are less than ideal.

LeadWest has informed the Victorian Government that Helping kids thrive in the West is a policy priority for the region.  LeadWest advocates that the Victorian Government should:

  • Create a Centre for Parenting Excellence in Melbourne's West will help hundreds of young families to thrive every year, by restoring health and well-being where there is distress in the infant-parent relationship.
  • Undertake a comprehensive review of maternal and early childhood services offered in Melbourne’s West to ensure that the right mix of services is being offered in the right locations, particularly the rapidly growing areas.
  • End the uncertainty around 15-hour kinder funding, and provide a long-term commitment to young learners in the West.  
  • Provide a clear, long term investment pipeline for new schools in the growing outer West, as well as urgent maintenance and upgrade funding for established schools in the inner West
  • Take action and provide funding to address blackspots in youth mental health services across the region

Quotes attributable to LeadWest's CEO Craig Rowley:

“LeadWest welcomes Victorian Government investment in first-rate facilities – like the Truganina East Integrated Family Learning Centre.

“Melbourne's West is growing very fast and over 35 babies are born every day across the region, so this region needs additional investment to ensure they’re ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.”

"LeadWest has informed the Victorian Government that Helping kids thrive in the West is a policy priority for the region."


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