Apollo Bay push for new centre for youngsters

Colac Otway Shire Council is pushing for $3.9 million for an Apollo Bay early-years’ hub ahead of this year’s federal election. Pictured are Apollo Bay Preschool educator Carylle Clancy and committee president Katy Biddle.

Colac Otway Shire Council is pushing for $3.9 million for a new early-years hub for Apollo Bay that could be at the town’s P-12 college.

The council says in an advocacy document for Corangamite candidates ahead of this year’s federal election that its existing 60-year-old kindergarten at Apollo Bay requires “significant upgrades to meet current demand and standards”.

“Due to the future risk of a lack of appropriate early-years facilities in Apollo Bay, council and relevant organisations including Otway Health, Apollo Bay P-12 School and the kindergarten agree that there is a need for improved services through a partnership approach,” the document states.

The council also proposes that the site could be home to services including maternal and child health and space for visiting child specialists.

Apollo Bay Preschool Committee president Katy Biddle said the town would benefit from an early-years hub, and staff and families had met with a council consultant last month to discuss the community’s requirements.

See today’s Colac Herald for more.

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