Build is a local labour of love: Children’s Hub construction team has strong community ties

May 09, 2018

HEATHCOTE’S $1.4 million Children’s Hub is about to become a reality.

It’s all thanks to the dedication of the Heathcote Community Children’s Services Association (HCCSA) and the commercial arm of Paul Gray Builders, Phase Two Constructions.

Dave Hall, a born and bred Heathcotian who now resides in Bendigo, is the grandson of well-known and respected Heathcote pioneer Tom Hall.

Dave is leading the build and will work closely with the HCCSA Inc board to ensure the building is completed by November 30.

Paul Gray is well known for his commitment to community. He built Kez’s Hideaway, a special retreat owned by the OTIS Foundation in memory of his late wife Kerri Gray.

This stunning purpose-built family retreat is set on farmland near Redesdale not far from Heathcote. OTIS provides retreat accommodation at no cost to anyone dealing with the challenges of breast cancer.

At HCCSA’s request, Phase Two are also using local subcontractors to assist with the build.

“This project is community owned and led so it’s important to us that our local tradespeople are involved in the build,” HCCSA chair Sandra Slatter said.

The HCCSA board have worked tirelessly over the past several months putting together funding applications, working with a range of consultants from design and planning to structural engineers to bring the dream to reality.

“We’re really excited now that we’re beginning to see the fruits of our labour,” Ms Slatter said.

“As well as providing free and low-cost children’s services to Heathcote and district families the Bunbunarik Heathcote Children’s Hub will also house a state-of-the-art 76 placement long day care centre, which will employ 35 people.”

Services will include: counselling, early intervention, a speech pathologist, family domestic violence counsellor, family support, NDIS and a monthly paediatrician visit.

A series of literacy and language programs for early years are already on the drawing board including Literacy Champions and Imagination Library.

These programs are due to commence while the build is in progress, with the first beginning next month.

If you would like to be part of this venture, or for further information, contact Sandra Slatter on 0417350911 or [email protected]

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