In the City of Maribyrnong the number of families with children under 12 years is projected to increase by 30% in the next fifteen years.
In response to this projected population growth Maribyrnong City Council has had a focus on investing in quality and contemporary early years facilities for the local community.
By undertaking a series of redevelopments between the period of 2011 to the end of 2016, Council will have created 141 new long day care places and 142 kindergarten places.
These developments have included:
- Clare Court Children’s Service (2011)
- Maidstone Child and Family Children’s Centre (2014)
- Braybrook Early Years Centre (2015)
- Maribyrnong River Children’s Centre (2016)
- Church St Children’s Centre (currently under construction)
If you have any queries regarding infrastructure development in the early years please call the Early Years Capital Works Project Officer on 9688 0200.
Maribyrnong River Children’s Centre (August 2016)
Council’s focus on investing in quality and contemporary early years facilities for the community has reached another milestone, Maribyrnong River Children’s Centre has now completed its redevelopment!
The redevelopment has been in planning since 2014 with representatives from the Centre working alongside Council to develop an up to date facility for children, families and staff.
The service now has upgraded indoor and outdoor educational play spaces, an extra consultation room for Maternal and Child Health Services and is better equipped to meet best practice outcomes.
The long day child care service now offers 112 child care places, an increase of 50 child care places.
Thank you to the Maribyrnong River families, staff and ECMS (Early Childhood Management Services, the service manager) for working so closely with Council and contributing to the delivery of this fabulous upgrade.
It is anticipated that the refurbished facility will be celebrated with a community opening in early 2017 so watch this space!
Church Street Children’s Centre (November 2016)
The most recent project, Church St Children’s Centre, has embarked on the exciting part of its redevelopment process, the construction!
In 2014, utilising funding from Maribyrnong City Council and the Department of Education and Training, planning was commenced to increase child care places and refurbish the Church St Children’s Centre, 47 Church St West Footscray. At this point the project, once complete, was to provide 76 child care places, an increase of 36 places on the existing service model.
From early 2015 representatives from the Church St Community worked alongside council to develop the vision for the service. Community input was supported through a Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG) that met to discuss both the design and the logistics of the refurbishment. The SRG was made up of Church St Management Representatives and parents, Church St staff, Maribyrnong Council Officers (Early Years and City Design), the consultant Architect/Design Team.
At the end of 2015 the Maribyrnong Occasional Care Service closed giving rise to an opportunity to relocate the service. Meetings were held with the Committee of Management and the parent users and in April the Committee of Management agreed to the move due to concerns regarding amenity and safety if the redevelopment proceeded as a “live” site. Council supported the service to relocate to Maribyrnong Community Centre, 9 Randall St, Maribyrnong in July 2016.
Unfortunately when the building contractors started the demolition a number of “latent conditions” were discovered. Construction works were formally suspended on September 15, 2016. Independent investigations were then undertaken and a report prepared for council outlining the options available.
A formal report was presented to Councillors on 6 December 2016. This report outlined options on the best way forward.
Councillors have opted to move towards the option of a total demolition of the existing building, so that the building can be totally redesigned. This decision allows a range of opportunities including :
• Improved staff amenity
• Improved storage
• Improved parking for the site
• A stronger focus on Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) which would include aspects such as incorporating solar panels, increased insulation, greater natural light and alternative construction materials.
• To support the ESD focus it is also intended to include a furniture fit out that complements this approach
The relocation of the children’s centre operations will continue until works are completed.