Bubup Wilam Aboriginal Child and Family Centre in Thomastown has undergone a significant redevelopment thanks to a partnership between the City of Whittlesea and the Victorian Government.
City of Whittlesea Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson was joined this week by The Hon. Gabrielle Williams, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, to mark the official opening of the newly-upgraded centre.
The upgrades included the extension of the multi-purpose meeting room, the construction of an indoor library, increased audiovisual and training capability, a sandpit and shade extension, and new outdoor heating and blinds.
The improvements also included the construction of Bunjil’s Nest, a culturally-significant external meeting space in the centre’s forecourt.
City of Whittlesea Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said the much-anticipated redevelopment has created accessible and culturally-appropriate community spaces to facilitate learning and engagement opportunities for Aboriginal students, families and the community.
“Since opening in Thomastown in 2012, Bubup Wilam Aboriginal Child and Family Centre has supported local Aboriginal families by providing the foundation for lifelong learning, health, and wellbeing,” Ms Wilson said.
“We’re so proud to support an early education program that inspires children to embrace their Aboriginal identity and fosters an environment that strengthens the connection to community and culture,” added Ms Wilson.
“The upgrade of the centre reflects Council’s commitment to supporting the City’s large Aboriginal population to access an integrated range of early childhood education and wellbeing services.”
The redevelopment of Bubup Wilam Aboriginal Child and Family Centre was facilitated by the City of Whittlesea with the support of the Victorian Government’s Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program.