SEVEN tenders have been received by South Gippsland Shire for the construction of Corner Inlet Children’s Hub in Foster.
The tenders, which closed on July 20, are currently being evaluated.
Hub Project Coordinator Shelley Fixter anticipates that a tender can soon be awarded, signed and announced.
“When the tender has been awarded, we will know when the first sod can be turned and can advise the community,” she said.
Meanwhile, Ms Fixter is also thrilled that additional funding has been provided by the State Department for Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) for the hire of consultants from the Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH), which is a branch of the Royal Children’s Hospital.
CCCH specialises in research-based advice to local government, families, communities and early years’ services for coordinated service integration.
The organisation is working with DEECD so that the range of services at Children’s Hubs will be simple to access and assist in the children’s development.
Along with the Department, CCCH would work cooperatively with Council and Hub managers Uniting Care Gippsland (formerly Kilmany Care).
“Ours is one of only two Hubs in the region to have this expert advice funded, with the other being for a facility at Churchill,” Ms Fixter said.