Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan) — On 27 April, on behalf of the Minister for Families and Children, the Honourable Jenny Mikakos, I had the pleasure of officially opening the Darley Early Years Hub. The $4.15 million new integrated children’s centre in Darley provides three and four‑year‑old kindergarten programs, playgroups, maternal and child health services, a planned toy library, family services, occasional care and community space.

The development of the facility involved the relocation of existing services and groups, including the Lerderderg Kindergarten and maternal and child health services as well. As a result of this new hub, interested local families and children will no longer need to sign up for a three‑year waiting period to access this important community service. I want to thank the Minister for Families and Children and Moorabool Shire Council for their hard work in making sure this service is now being made available to the local community.

9 May 2017