$500,000 to revamp children’s centre

LAKE View Children’s Centre will receive a $500,000 renovation after the State Government committed $350,000 to the project last week.

Alpine Shire staff and Councillors, along with representatives from the Kiewa Valley community and Alpine Children’s Services (ACS) met with Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell at the centre on Friday.

Chief Executive Office Dave Barry said Council will contribute $117,000 to the $500,000 project. ACS will contribute $8000, the Mount Beauty Playgroup is providing $4,500 and Lake View Children’s Centre Family and Friends group is contributing $20,000 between them.

“This is a fantastic cooperative result, which will mean that Mount Beauty’s youngest residents receive an upgraded facility,” he said.

“The renovation will create space for around 14 more children and help give them the best possible start when it comes to care and early childhood education.”

This announcement increases the total value of projects announced for Mount Beauty this year to $1.9 million.

“These projects—the Mount Beauty Progressing Place project, new netball court at Mount Beauty Recreation Reserve, Mount Beauty library redevelopment and Lakeview Children's Centre revamp—mean that $397,000 in Council funds has been turned into $1.9 million worth of projects for the community,” Mr Barry said.

“This sort of value for money is essential for a small Council like us to get the best possible value for our ratepayers, and deliver projects that our communities want.”

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