The Korumburra community gathered on Friday to celebrate the opening of the Karmai Community Children’s Centre, which will provide additional early learning and day care options in South Gippsland.

Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent said the project was another example of the Australian Government’s commitment to promoting sustainable long term economic development in Australia’s regions.

“The new purpose-built children’s centre will provide 120 places for early learning and long day care – addressing the growing needs of this vibrant community,” Mr Broadbent said.

“Not only will the facility provide much needed quality services for families with young children but also 20 ongoing jobs will be created to operate the centre, providing a welcome economic boost within the local community.

“Particular congratulations must go to the Karmai Children’s Centre Committee, who fought so hard for to ensure the construction of this vital community asset.”

The project was jointly funded by the Australian Government ($1.6 million), the Victorian Government ($1.6 million), South Gippsland Shire Council ($2.05 million), and the Karmai Community Children’s Centre Inc. ($100,000).