Monday, February 26, 2024

Baw Baw welcomes Victorian Govt childcare commitment

Baw Baw Shire Council has welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of Drouin as the location for a new, state government-owned and operated Early Learning and Childcare Centre.

The announcement comes as part of the Victorian Government’s $14 billion Best Start, Best Life early years reforms.

Mayor, Annemarie McCabe said the selection of Drouin as the location for one of 50 government centres is a testament to the growing needs of the Baw Baw community.

“Advocating for more investment in early years infrastructure is one of our top tier priorities as a Council,” said the Mayor.

“Baw Baw Shire is one of the state’s fastest-growing regions, and the demand for quality childcare and early learning services has never been more pressing.

“We welcome this announcement from the state government. Once the new Early Learning and Childcare Centre is delivered, the facility will be a valuable and welcome asset in supporting our young families and easing the pressures they are facing.”

The specific location or design for the announced Drouin centre – set to open in 2027 or 2028 – has yet to be determined, with the state government expected to undertake consultation with Council to ensure the chosen site meets local needs and delivers accessibility and convenience for families.

“We are committed to supporting the well-being of our community’s youngest members,” said Mayor McCabe.

“We look forward to working closely with the Victorian Department of Education to help identify the potential sites for the new centre and seeing it come to fruition for the benefit of our residents.”

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