Work begins on Yarram Hub

YARRAM and surrounding communities will have access to high quality childcare, kindergarten, maternal and child health services, an expanded library, meeting spaces and local government services under one roof, with construction beginning on the Yarram District Hub.

Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan was in Yarram last Friday to mark the beginning of construction of the $5.3 million Yarram District Hub, which received almost $2 million in funding support from the state government with the remaining $3.3 million coming from Wellington Shire Council.

Mr Ryan said the Yarram District Hub project involved a major upgrade to the existing local government service centre and pool at Yarram, as well as the development of a number of vital early childhood and other community services.

“Commencing construction works for the much-awaited Yarram District Hub is an important milestone for the Yarram community,” he said.

“The Hub will become an important one-stop shop for a wide range of integral community and family services.

“For many years the local community has requested a facility such as this be built and the Coalition Government, in partnership with the Wellington Shire Council, is proud to have been able to deliver it.”

Mr Ryan said the Yarram and District Hub would include:

A new library, including expanded space to provide traditional library services, a toy library and an information technology learning area;

Integrated early childhood development services, including a kindergarten, long day and occasional child care with an option to include out of school hours care;

Local government service centre, including town planning, economic development and health services;

Maternal and child health services/early childhood intervention services, including speech pathology, occupational therapy, kindergarten inclusion support and referral to children’s early intervention programs;

Family services, including playgroup, outreach toy library, young mothers group and special needs groups;

Community meeting space for community learning, yoga and fitness, Yarram District Health Service, local schools and various other community groups.

Mr Ryan said the Yarram District Hub project would also include an upgrade to the Yarram swimming pool’s kiosk, change area and reception facility along with increased car parking.

Mr Ryan said the government funding for the project had come from several funding sources, including $500,000 from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, $350,000 from the Living Libraries

Infrastructure Program and $1.108 million from the Integrated Children’s Centre Grants Program.

“I also welcome the Wellington Shire Council’s significant contribution of $3.3 million towards this important community project.

“The Yarram District Hub is another terrific example of the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund leveraging various state and local government funding streams to deliver important community-led initiatives.”