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Media Release - Full steam ahead for Bayswater Early Years Hub

Knox Council has welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of $1.6 million funding towards the construction of a new early years hub for Bayswater.

Speaking at yesterday’s official breaking ground event, the Mayor, Cr John Mortimore, said Council appreciated the Government’s support for one of Knox’s landmark projects.

“Council welcomes the announcement by the Andrews Government of $1.6 million funding towards construction of the $9.5 million Bayswater Early Years Hub,” the Mayor said.

“This funding, delivered through the State Government’s Children’s Facilities Capital Program, will help deliver a first class new early years facility for the benefit of children and families across Knox.

“The hubs in Bayswater and Wantirna South will, once operational, transform the face of early childhood services for the better and set a benchmark for others to follow.

“Knox City Council is proud to have played a leadership role in developing and funding this vision for the future of early childhood services, in partnership with the Victorian Government.”

He was standing alongside Victorian Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, and Knox City Dinsdale Ward Councillor Adam Gill, when they turned the first soil on the project.

Early Years Hub dig

“Now that we’ve all given the green light to the funds and contract needed for this facility, the clock can really start ticking on the day that children and their families are able to enter and benefit from the services we will provide,” the Mayor added.

“The Minister’s announcement is welcome additional support for the project, and we now look forward to delivering a quality early years facility, on-time and on-budget, in early 2019.”

Knox City Council gave the green light to the works at its meeting on Monday 22 January when Circon Constructions were officially engaged to build the city’s second key early years hub.

As separately reported, work is progressing well at the Wantirna South site. The underground carpark is virtually complete with line markings and overhead piping to be installed, before the driveway is completed. Above the carpark, the slab is currently being poured and should be in place by the end of the week. We then hope to commence the steel framing and roofing. The stairwells are installed, as is the drainage and pumping equipment.


MR2018-07.
Issued: Thursday 1 February 2018

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