Community centre takes shape

Planning and Suburbs Minister Sonya Kilkenny, Melton mayor Kathy Majdlik and Sydenham MP Natalie Hutchins. (Supplied)

The $15 million Plumpton Community Centre is taking shape.

The centre will help local organisations and community groups deliver programs and support children and young people to learn, develop and reach their full potential.

Mayor Kathy Majdlik, Planning and Suburbs Minister Sonya Kilkenny and Sydenham MP Natalie Hutchins visited the site of the centre last week as construction work continued on stage one of the project.

Council said the Plumpton Community Centre will offer a variety of early childhood and community programs to meet the increasing demands of this newly established community.

Services provided by the centre will include kindergarten, maternal and child health, family and early childhood services, breastfeeding support, parenting support, playgroups, immunisations and a wide range of community programs and activities, according to council.

“With 76 babies being born and 72 families moving to the City of Melton each week, building new centres like this is essential to help support our community,” Cr Majdlik said.

“It is vitally important that families have access to quality early years education that encourages children to thrive in a nurturing environment.’

“I’d like to thank the Victorian Government for their contribution and for working with us on a much-needed project that our residents deserve.’

“This centre and the nearby future Plumpton Aquatic and Leisure Centre will deliver significant educational, health and wellbeing outcomes for residents.”

The facility is funded by state government grants of $1.5 million through the Growing Suburbs Fund, and $9 million from the Building Blocks Fund, coupled with $6.6 million in developer contributions and a council contribution of about $300,000.

The centre on Pear Parade, Fraser Rise, is expected to be completed by early 2025 and open for the first term of kinder.