Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is proud to announce that the Heathcote Community Children’s Services Association Inc (HCCSA) has been successful in securing a $14,181 grant from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme.
The application was made on behalf of the Bunbunarik Children’s hub and will see the money divided into two grants; $3,181 for a stormwater detention tank and $11 000 for a solar energy system.
“I would also like to congratulate The Bunbunarik Children’s Hub on receiving their Certificate of Occupancy, the final approval to officially open.” Chesters said.
“This exciting new facility will ensure Heathcote families can access quality childcare services closer to home to get their children ready for school and set for life.”
Bunbunarik Children’s Hub is one of 12 Central Victorian organisations who have received a total of $150,000 through the program which funds small capital projects in local communities that deliver social benefits.
“I commend the hard work of the HCCSA Inc on their excellent and innovative application on behalf of the Bunbunarik Children’s hub.” Chesters said.
“We can see how important these facilities are, particularly in somewhere like Heathcote where there has been no childcare close to home for local families up until now.”
Chesters said the project was an extremely worthy recipient of a Strong Communities grant.
“Primarily, both the childcare service provider and the HCCSA will benefit from the reduction of power costs through the installation of solar panels.”
The storm water detention talk will help assist the local area with more manageable loads of water runoff during heavy downpours, helping to prevent flooding.
“There really is a shortfall in funding available in our communities for small capital works projects, so this funding announcement is particularly exciting for Central Victorians.” Chesters said.
“It's vital that our Government demonstrate strong commitment to supporting regional infrastructure, programs and events.”