Mickleham dream community hub closer to reality

Hume City Council has welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of $1.5 million towards the Merrifield West Northern Community Hub.

Hume Mayor Councillor Geoff Porter said he was thrilled with the Victorian Government’s announcement, adding that it recognised the growth taking place in the Mickleham area.

“In 2018, the population of Mickleham is 7,244 and by 2035, this will grow to more than 48,000 residents,” Cr Porter said.

“Growing communities like Mickleham need new quality facilities to meet the demands of a changing community and to provide opportunities to bring residents together.

“In recognition of this consistent growth, I am thrilled that the Victorian Government is investing more than $1.5 million in the construction of a new community hub for Mickleham.

“This investment, along with $11.4 million from Council will provide access to vital everyday services for our community.”

The new Merrifield West Northern Community Hub is expected to open in 2021 and will provide three preschool rooms with capacity for 198 preschool positions.

It will also feature five maternal and child health services/visiting specialist services consulting rooms, along with a dedicated waiting area and multipurpose activity rooms to support early years and community activities. like playgroups and planned activity groups.

The facility will also provide flexible arts and cultural spaces where a range of activities and events can take place to contribute towards creating a strong and inclusive community for residents.

“On behalf of Council, I would like to thank the Minister for Families and Children, the Hon Jenny Mikakos MP, and the Victorian Government for their ongoing support of our growing community through this investment,” Cr Porter said.

“I would also like to commend the Member for Yuroke, Ros Spence MP, for her continued strong advocacy for Hume City – Council and the Victorian Government have delivered much in partnership together and we look forward to continuing this great partnership into the future.”

Posted on 2:00 PM, 16 October 2018

Updated : 3:35 PM, 16 October 2018

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