Brimbank Council has welcomed a $5 Million funding commitment from the Federal Labor Opposition towards an Australian-first project in Melbourne’s west – the development of a St Albans Health and Wellbeing Hub.
The announcement was made by Labor candidate for the Federal Division of Fraser, Mr Daniel Mulino, at St Albans Leisure Centre yesterday (30 April 2019).
Brimbank Mayor, Cr Lucinda Congreve said: “We’re thrilled with this commitment from the Federal Labor Opposition to support the replacement of St Albans Leisure Centre with an Australian-first Health and Wellbeing Hub, should they win government.
“We’ve been extremely busy planning this development and knocking on many doors to attract interest and investment from the State and Federal governments.
“This announcement tells us that our efforts have been worth it. It tells us the significance of this project has been recognised for what it truly is – a landmark project for Brimbank, for Melbourne’s West, and for Australia.
“What will set this facility apart from the rest is that the aquatic and leisure centre will operate alongside social and health support services, delivered by co-located tenant partners, all under one roof, and all working towards the same goal: a healthier Brimbank,” Mayor Congreve said.
The St Albans Health and Wellbeing Hub will replace the existing St Albans Leisure Centre.
Once built, the hub will provide the community with direct access to world-class leisure and aquatic facilities, alongside:
- Preventative community health and educational programs
- Child care, playgroup and school holiday programs
- Disability and carer services
- Family counselling
- Youth homelessness services
- Financial counselling
- Community legal services
“This wouldn’t have happened without the support of our community, so I would like to thank the thousands of residents who took the time to sign our online pledge and pledge wall at St Albans Leisure Centre to show your support for this project,” the Mayor said.
The contract for the design of the Health and Wellbeing Hub was awarded in December 2018. The design process is currently in progress.