Tuesday, March 5, 2024

New family centre for Hoppers Crossing

A new $4.5 million Integrated Family Centre (IFC) will soon call Hoppers Crossing Home, Wyndham City Council has announced.

Opening in 2024, the Mossfiel IFC will include three kindergarten rooms, a large outdoor play space, two Maternal and Child Health and Allied Health Services consulting rooms, and other early service amenities.

It will replace the former Mossfiel Kindergarten and Hoppers Crossing Children’s Centre and provide Hoppers Crossing families with important early years services, all under one roof.

Work has already commenced with the demolition of the Hoppers Crossing Children’s Centre.

The centre will welcome children and families for three and four-year-old kindergarten in February 2024.

Wyndham City’s City Design portfolio holder, Councillor Josh Gilligan, said the much-needed upgrade would triple the kindergarten’s current capacity and reallocate the kindergarten and Maternal and Child Health services to a more suitable location.

“This $4.5 million project will replace two ageing early years centres with a new purpose-built facility that integrates kindergarten, Maternal and Child Health and playgroups at the former Hoppers Crossing Children’s Centre site,” Cr Gilligan said.

“The new centre will help Council meet the projected demand for expanded kindergarten services in line with the Victorian Government’s three-year-old and four-year old kindergarten reforms.”

The project is being jointly funded by the Department of Education and Wyndham City.

Cr Gilligan said the Mossfiel IFC was part of a $47 million Kindergarten Infrastructure and Service Plan between Council and the Department of Education to support the delivery of early years infrastructure.

“We thank the Victorian Government for investing in the expansion of early years infrastructure across Wyndham,” he said.

The new building will be delivered by the Victorian School Building Authority in the form of a modular structure that will be constructed off site in sections or modules.

The modules will be transported to Mossfiel Reserve where they will be assembled onsite and connected to utilities.

The use of modular construction will streamline build timelines, minimising service disruption to current services.

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