I wish to advise the house that the Portland Child and Family Complex is on
track to be opened. It will provide early childhood services to the Portland
community by July. Last Wednesday the Minister for Children and Early Childhood
Development, Maxine Morand, and I toured the $2.5 million complex, which has
been funded by the Victorian, federal and local governments and is in its final
stages of completion. When it is finished the facility will be an integrated
early childhood service providing kindergarten, playgroups, maternal and child
health services, child care and consulting rooms for early childhood specialists
and family support agencies.
The Glenelg shire has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to
this children’s hub and has dedicated considerable time and resources to the
planning and facilitation of the project.
It is fantastic to see this project nearing completion and to
see what can be achieved through government partnerships. Having all of these
services at one location is not only convenient for parents, it will make it
easier for nurses and other child health specialists to work together, ensuring
services are linked.