Construction of new child and family centres to begin

Thursday, 26 July 2018

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 night’s meeting.

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 the City.

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.

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. 

Cr Peter Murrihy, Co-Chair, Social and Infrastructure Planning portfolio:

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 serves.

The Drysdale centre will cater to the needs of the growing community in that area, offering essential services for children and families.

Page last updated: Thursday, 26 July 2018