Ballarat early learning centres to receive $9 million funding boost

Children and Early Childhood Development Minister Wendy Lovell. File image.

Children and Early Childhood Development Minister Wendy Lovell. File image.

Almost $9 million will be spent on three early learning facilities in Ballarat and Cardigan. 

The biggest of the projects will be a new $7.24 million Lucas Integrated Children's Centre  which will include 66 kindergarten places for children, long day care, maternal and child health and a community meeting room. 

The announcement was made on Friday by the City of Ballarat and Children and Early Childhood Development Minister Wendy Lovell, who said the three projects would meet the demand for quality early years services in the community. 

"It is a fantastic result for the Ballarat Community," she said.  

"It is important we put these facilities in a growing area like Lucas where families are coming to, because children are in early childhood centres from day one. 

"We want to make sure there are facilities available to families in these growing areas." 

The state government provided $2.45 million to the projects, with funding  of more than $5.6 million being provided by the City of Ballarat. 

A $1.43 million facility will also be constructed at Phoenix College at Sebastopol and will provide 55 kindergarten places for both three and four-year-olds. 

A $199,539  revamp of the community centre at Cardigan Village will result in 33 kindergarten places and also provide space for playgroup programs. 

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