Opening of the Bembit Bag-rook community center

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A new community center in Tarneit was officially opened with a smoking ceremony performed by the traditional Bunurong owners of the land on which the center is built.

Located at 61 Polly Parade in Tarneit, Bembit Bag-rook will provide a range of community, health and education services, programs and activities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, including the motherhood and maternal and child health services.

The Bembit Bag-rook Community Center is the first stage delivered as part of Wyndham City’s $21 million Tarneit North community compound masterplan.

Wyndham City’s early years partner Bestchance will manage the center, which will be fully operational in early 2023.

Bestchance is a nonprofit organization that provides quality education, care, and therapy for children and operates the Mainview Blvd Family Learning Center in Truganina and other Wyndham City kindergartens.

Wyndham City Mayor Cr Peter Maynard said: “Tarneit is one of our fastest growing communities, with a population expected to more than double over the next 20 years.”

“Our proactive delivery of new community centers with essential health and education services in high growth areas is a major priority and achievement for our city. We thank our early childhood partner, Bestchance, and the state government for their support. »

From mid-October to December 2022, the Bembit Bag-rook Community Center will host the Tweddle Child & Family Health Service (Tweddle). Tweddle will offer a new Early Parenting Day Stay program in Tarneit for Wyndham moms, dads and bubs.

The Wyndham Day Stay program will be run by Tweddle each week for families with babies up to 12 months old. Moms and dads will receive support to help their babies and toddlers learn to sleep, feed, bond and adopt routines that will continue to improve their development and well-being.

The temporary day-stay service opens ahead of Tweddle’s new Residential Early Childhood Parenting Center which is due to begin service delivery in mid-2023.

Wyndham City’s Healthy City portfolio holder, Cr Adele Hegedich, said: “New parents face many challenges and you don’t have to travel long distances to get the support they need. We are thrilled to partner with Tweddle, and we know their support will have a lasting positive impact on the lives of moms, dads and children at Wyndham.

Earlier this year, the center was officially named the Bembit Bag-rook Community Center after consultation with the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, the registered indigenous party for the traditional owners of the land on which this community center is built. In the language, Bembit means ‘flower’ and Bag-rook means ‘woman’.

The delivery of the Bembit Bag-rook Community Center is supported by $2.5 million from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund and a $2.5 million Building Blocks grant from the Victorian Government.

At the official opening, Cr Maynard was joined by Wyndham City CEO Stephen Wall, MP Sarah Connolly and Local Government Minister Melissa Horne.

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