Shire commits to future of Mornington Community House

Published on 25 July 2018

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Mornington Peninsula Shire will continue to coordinate the delivery of neighbourhood house programs at the Mornington Community House.

The commitment comes after Council stepped in earlier this year to continue the neighbourhood house program and childcare services formerly offered by Mornington Community Contact Inc (MCCI). Childcare programs will now be managed by Community Kinders Plus on an ongoing basis.

The facility located on Albert Road in Mornington, provides a range of services such as 3-year-old groups, occasional childcare, supported playgroup, literacy support groups, mental health support groups and adult education and training.

Funding will be provided through the State Government’s Neighbourhood House Coordination Program and Mornington Peninsula Shire. The Shire aims to work with the community to deliver locally relevant programs.

The Shire will also establish a community advisory committee and work towards a sustainable community governance model to ensure that the local community continues to have input into the operation and future directions for the community house. 

Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said “this community house provides many vital services for our community and Council has made an ongoing commitment to ensure the house continues to operate and is well run for its users.

“Council has also committed funding in its 18/19 budget towards detailed designs for a potential new facility”.

Briars Ward Councillor Bev Colomb said “we know our community was shocked after the house closed abruptly last year and we’re thrilled to provide a longer-term commitment to users. I encourage the community to come in and look at our plans for the future and provide your valuable feedback”.

Briars Ward Councillor Sam Hearn “I am really pleased we can offer some reassurance for users of the house and continue important services for our local communities, especially young families”.

Briars Ward Councillor Rosie Clark said “this commitment will ensure the house and its users are supported and play an active role in the future of the facility”.

The Shire is holding a community drop in session and invites you to come along to view design plans, provide feedback on how the house is currently used and share your ideas for the future.

DROP IN SESSIONS

Monday 27 August 2018
9 - 11am and 2 - 4pm
Mornington Community House, 9 Albert St Mornington

For anyone not able to attend in person, detailed design plans will be available to view and provide feedback online at: mornpen.vic.gov.au/mch