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8 December, 2022
New community hub for Warrnambool
A new community hub has been flagged for the city’s rapidly expanding northern edge.
Not-for-profit disability and community services provider Mpower Inc. has announced the purchase of land at the corner of Wangoom and Mortlake roads, including the North Edge Child Care Centre.
Mpower Board President Rhys Boyle said the Centre would be retained as is, with a purpose-built community hub planned for the adjacent vacant land.
“Mpower started out providing support for children with disabilities more than 45 years ago,” Mr Boyle said, "but we are more than just a disability service provider. We want to do our part to create a community in which people of all ages and abilities are supported to reach their full potential.”
“This decision aligns with our vision of a community inspired and empowered by people of all ages and abilities.”
Mr Boyle said it would be “business as usual” at North Edge Child Care Centre, with all 30 staff retained and current childcare and kindergarten programming continued.
In time, he said, community input would be sought for the adjoining hub which could include features such as a café and other community spaces.
“We've outgrown our current facilities so we've had our eye out for a suitable site for a long time and we couldn’t be more thrilled that this opportunity has arisen right alongside the North Edge Child Care Centre as it fits with our interest in ensuring that every child has the best possible start in life", Mr Boyle said.
“For now, our staffing and services will remain unchanged, but our hope is that the new premises will mean we can enrich and expand the support Mpower provides to families and people of all ages.”
Mr Boyle said Mpower was looking to enter the next phase of planning and design, with construction expected to be complete at the end of 2025.
Mpower was established in 1975 and today delivers a range of services and programs to children, young people and adults, families and carers. It employs almost 100 people operating from eight premises across South West Victoria.
Media contact: Sonya Graham Executive Assistant to CEO Kevin Mills. 5561 8141
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