Town delivers on child care commitment with refurbishment completion of previous Port Hedland library site

Published on Thursday, 30 April 2020 at 9:51:50 AM

Additional child care services will be delivered from the previous Port Hedland Library site by One Tree Community Services, delivering on the Town’s commitment to improve access to child care in Hedland.

This refurbished site is an extension of the existing One Tree Len Taplin Children's Service, and will provide more placements for local families once the site is fully staffed and operational. 

The site has undergone a refurbishment in recent months, stemming from the August 2019 Council endorsement of the site’s conversion from a library to a child care facility.

Local contractors have fully refurbished the internal and external features of the site, ensuring it is fit for the purpose of child care service delivery.

Hon. Commissioner Fred Riebeling AM JP said the completion of refurbishments was testament to the hard work of Town staff and contractors.

“It’s been a long road for all stakeholders, however I’m pleased to announce both internal and external refurbishments at the previous Port Hedland Library site have completed, ready for One Tree Len Taplin’s child care service delivery.

“The completion of these works is the next step in the Town’s commitment to alleviating child care placement shortages, a decision which was officially endorsed in October 2018.

“Numerous rounds of community engagement exercises, including the annual perception survey, uncovered a shortage of child care placements which hindered the liveability of local families.

"I'd like to thank the Hedland Collective for their work in recent years in raising the profile of child care shortages in our community and working constructively with the Town to find workable solutions.

“Facilitating a site for child care service delivery aligns with a number of the Town’s strategic goals, such as the Town planning for and developing future facilities that meet community need.

"One Tree Len Taplin has a strong reputation for the delivery of child care services, placing them in good stead to write this next chapter in partnership with the Town."

Above: Hon. Commissioner Fred Riebeling AM JP and One Tree Director Claire Bennett at the site, 29 April 2020

For media information:
Laura Hawes
Manager Marketing Communication and Events
(08) 9158 9365 | lhawes@porthedland.wa.gov.au

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