Construction of brand new
children’s centres in Corio and Drysdale will get underway next month after
Council gave approval to award contracts for the projects during Tuesday
The $13.3 million Drysdale Child
and Family Centre and $13.3 million Purnell Road Child and Family Centre are
both being built in areas with high numbers of young families, to meet the
needs of the local community.
Construction of the Purnell
Road facility will begin during August, and subject to finalisation and
execution of the contract, will be carried out by A W Nicholson Pty Ltd.
Stage one will complete the
construction of the centre by December 2019, and stage two will deliver the car
park early in 2020.
Work on the Drysdale
facility at 17-21 Palmerston Street will also begin in August and finish in
time for the beginning of term one, 2020.
Council has given approval
to award the tender to Geelong-based company EJ Lyons and Sons Pty Ltd.
Both centres will feature:
- Day care for 90 children
- Kindergarten for 66 children
- Maternal child health consulting rooms
- Family support services
- Multi-purpose room for group-based programs
- Community rooms
- Toy library
- Outdoor play areas
- Car park
The projects have each received
$1.6 million in state government funding, with the remainder to be funded by
Both will be built to a Five Star Green Star rating, in line with the City’s
commitment to sustainability through the One Planet Living principles.
Mayor Bruce Harwood:
After a detailed planning
process, it’s great to be at the point where construction of these two
important community facilities is to begin.
Cr Peter Murrihy, Co-Chair, Social
and Infrastructure Planning portfolio:
With a combined cost of
around $26 million, Council’s major investment in these two centres shows we’re
committed to providing the community infrastructure needed to maintain this
region as a great place to live.
We’re excited to be
delivering two facilities that will be highly valued in their local areas.
Corio and Norlane have a significant population of children under five years of
age, so the Purnell Road centre will have a positive impact for the community it
The Drysdale centre will
cater to the needs of the growing community in that area, offering essential
services for children and families.