Thursday, May 30, 2024

Community hub works underway for Mount Duneed

City of Greater Geelong Councillor, Belinda Moloney has today joined Member for South Barwon, Darren Cheeseman in a visit to the construction site of a new community hub in Mount Duneed.

The hub, at 110-122 Unity Drive, is being jointly funded by the Council ($10.7 million) and the Victorian Government ($2.25 million).

It will feature facilities for a new kindergarten, maternal child health and consulting services, together with multipurpose community and activity spaces.

Council is running a tender process for an external provider to operate the kindergarten and community spaces, with the building expected to begin to be activated for the community in the second half of 2023.

“The new facility will help meet the needs of the growing Armstrong Creek and Mount Duneed communities,” said Kardinia Ward Councillor, Belinda Moloney.

“This part of Greater Geelong is undergoing rapid growth and it’s vitally important that we provide the support services that this community hub will offer.

L-R: Jarrod Page – Fairbrother Site Manager; Rohan Eves – Fairbrother Project Manager; Simon Jeanes – Coordinator Capital Projects; City of Greater Geelong, Councillor Belinda Moloney; Member for South Barwon – Darren Cheeseman; Robyn Stevens – Director Community Life City of Greater Geelong; Kelly Stacey – Department of Education & Training Manager Early Childhood Improvement Branch.

“The Council is delighted to partner with the Victorian Government in developing facilities of this nature to meet the current and future needs of local children, families and residents in the area,” she said.

Mr Cheeseman expressed his delight at the new facility.

“This new kindergarten in Mount Duneed will service our growing community and help meet increased demand for early childcare services,” he said.

A proposed name for the facility – Poa Banyul Mount Duneed Community Hub – was put forward for community feedback earlier this year. Poa Banyul is Wadawurrung language and translates to Grassy Hill.

The naming will be considered by the Council at an upcoming meeting.

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