Centre to deliver essential community services to growing suburb

Kindergarten, Maternal and Child Health Services, a community hall and mini-branch library are some of the features of a new multi-purpose centre soon to be built in West Wollert.

At its meeting on Tuesday 21 May, Council agreed to award a construction tender for the new multi-purpose centre to be located on the corner of Jardin Road and Meadow Lane in Wollert.

The West Wollert Community Centre will provide a safe and welcoming space for people of all ages and abilities to access services, activities and resources.

Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said the centre would reduce the need for residents to travel to neighbouring suburbs to access vital services.

Wollert’s population is forecast to surge from about 7396 people in 2023 to more than 33,700 people by 2041.

“This project is testament to our commitment to meet the ever-expanding needs of our community,” she said.

“It will be exciting to see this facility take shape in the coming years and ultimately become a vibrant place where residents can connect, learn and thrive.”

The centre will offer early childhood education programs via a three-room kindergarten and Maternal and Child Health services from two consulting suites.

It will also feature a mini-branch library providing residents with access to Yarra Plenty Regional Library’s extensive catalogue, as well as dedicated work and study spaces.

Residents will also be able to make use of a bookable community hall, kitchen and activity room, and accessible amenities including a Changing Places facility, outdoor area and off-street parking.

The $15.84 million project is funded by Council and the Victorian Government through $6.75 million from its Building Blocks Partnership and $1.5 million from its Growing Suburbs Fund programs.

The centre is expected to open in time for Term 1, 2027.

For the latest updates on this project, visit our website at whittlesea.vic.gov.au.

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