Poa Banyul Community Hub, located at Mount Duneed, was officially opened at a ceremony on November 21.
This state-of-the-art facility has been designed to cater to a diverse range of early years and family services, including sessional kindergarten run by Meli, maternal and child health services, family support consulting rooms and versatile community spaces.
Meli CEO Grant Boyd joined Mayor Trent Sullivan and Minister for Children Lizzie Blandthorn to officially open the new facility.
“Poa Banyul,” which translates to “Grassy Hill” in the Wadawurrung language, reflects the rich cultural heritage of the area.
The hub will provide infants and young children with the ideal foundation for life, in a welcoming and easily accessible community space.
It also has beautifully appointed meeting and event spaces, for local business and community use.
The hub will complement the nearby community shed, helping to create a sense of unity and support within the region. Meli will manage the hub.
The new hub has been jointly funded by the City of Greater Geelong and state government.
“The hub will nurture the development and learning needs of local children long into the future,” Mayor Sullivan said.
“The state-of-the-art Poa Banyul Kindergarten has been embraced by the community and was a wonderful addition to Meli’s network of 30 kindergartens across Geelong, the Bellarine, and Colac,” Mr Boyd said.
“Meli is proud to lead the way in the provision of early years services and contribute to the wellbeing of families.
“Poa Banyul is a place where important services are accessible to residents, the community can come together in an inclusive, supportive environment, friendships are fostered and children can thrive.”
Poa Banyul Community Hub is at 110-122 Unity Drive, Mount Duneed.