Craig Warhurst

New premises are the hub of family support

AFTER years of looking for a new home, the Early Years Family Hub has settled into premises opposite the Central State School.

“When council bought this building from the Queensland Government last August there was a covenant that it could only be used for early education,” Hub co-ordinator Barbara Yule said.

The build is the former Gympie Central Pre-school building and now houses eight community groups that have a focus on families including Breastfeeding Promotions Gympie, two supported playgroups and several parent self help support groups.

“This place is helping deliver services to families in a family friendly, child safe venue and provide a haven for parents to find information they are looking for,” Mrs Yule said.

Council leases the building to Gympie Community Place which is under a separate licence to comply with the covenant.

“We were looking for somewhere to house all these groups when this building became available,” Mrs Yule said.

“We took a deputation to the then Deputy Premier Paul Lucas,”Gympie Regional Council Planning and Development Committee chairman Councillor Ian Petersen said.

The Hub is holding an expo, featuring more than 40 agencies that support families, at the Gympie Civic Centre between 10am and 6pm on September 11 .

Gympie Times


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