Last week, the Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Shaun Leane, the Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly MP, Wyndham City Mayor Cr Peter Maynard, Wyndham City CEO Stephen Wall, representatives of Bunurong Land Council and Wyndham City’s partner and early years provider Early Childhood Management Services (ECMS) attended the official opening ceremony, celebrating their collaboration to build the much-needed community facility.
Located at 117 Alcock Road in Truganina, the Koomail Tardy Community Centre will provide early education and care services, kindergarten, playgroups and parent groups, maternal and child health services and specialist support services for children.
A range of community, health and educational services, programs and activities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities will also be available. The centre will be managed, and kindergarten will be delivered by Early Childhood Management Services (ECMS) on behalf of Wyndham City.
Truganina is a rapidly growing area in Wyndham City, and the population is forecast to grow by 40.5 per cent, with an estimated 15,229 additional residents between 2021 and 2041.
Wyndham City Mayor Cr Peter Maynard said: “At Wyndham City, we are focused on planning and delivering essential support and services for our growing community. The opening of this new community centre, despite the challenges of the past two years, is an excellent example of this commitment.”
“Young families make up nearly half of all households in Truganina, and these children and their parents can now access connection, learning opportunities and specialist support at the Koomail Tardy Community Centre.”
In April, the centre was officially named Koomail Tardy Community Centre after consultation with the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, the Registered Aboriginal Party for the land on which this community centre is built.
In language, Koomail means ‘grass used for weaving’ and Tardy means ‘sister’.
The Aboriginal name will help the Wyndham community actively recognise and celebrate the First Nations People as the traditional owners of Wyndham.
Wyndham City thanks the State Government for its contribution to this project of $3 million through the Growing Suburbs Fund and $1.71 million from the Children’s Facilities Capital Program through the Department of Education and Training.
Co-located with the Garrang Wilam Primary School, the new community centre is a key feature of the $24.5 million Truganina South East Community Precinct Masterplan.
Construction has commenced on the adjoining community precinct, which will include soccer fields and an overlayed cricket oval, tennis courts, BBQ and picnic areas, playgrounds, landscaping and a sports pavilion.
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