Highton families are now enjoying a range of children’s services in a new modern centre, thanks to a jointly-funded project.
Our $5.5 million Highton Child and Family Centre was officially opened today by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood.
Highton Child and Family Centre at 74 Belle Vue Avenue was developed through a $1.6 million contribution from the Victorian Government and $3.9 million from our budget.
The new five-star energy-rated facility includes:
- a double room kindergarten, catering for 66 children, with an adjoining architect-designed licensed play space
- two maternal child health consulting rooms with a dedicated waiting room
- a multi-purpose room for children’s playgroup activities, with a separate play space for users of the room
- an after-school care service
- staff administration facilities and
- on-site car parking.
Young families in the area will benefit from the wide range of services at the one-stop centre, which is built on Bellaire Primary School’s bottom oval.
The relocated Highton Preschool, which is run by Bethany Kindergarten Services, is the major tenant.
Roslyn Playgroup and our Maternal and Child Health service are also operating from the site.
Bellaire Primary School is looking forward to offering after-school care from Term 2.
The Highton facility is part of our strong investment in children’s services and community hubs.
More than $50 million is being spent to rebuild or upgrade centres in Armstrong Creek, Corio, Drysdale and Leopold.
This includes the newly-opened $17.24 million Armstrong Creek East Community Hub, which is the biggest integrated centre of its kind in Greater Geelong.
Councillor Bruce Harwood - Mayor
We were pleased to welcome the Premier to Highton for today’s opening of this important new facility.
The City of Greater Geelong is focused on providing our young families with access to a wide range of children’s services in one-stop modern venues.
By locating all these children’s services under the one roof, it makes it quicker and easier for families to access what they need in their own community.
The state-of-the-art facility has replaced the nearby Highton Kindergarten, which after 60 years had outgrown its old site.