IT has been seven years in the making, but the brand new Kathleen Millikan Centre is finally open.
Members of the public were given the chance to step inside the centre, which incorporates a kindergarten, childcare and maternal and child health facilities, for the first time on Friday.
Following an official opening, the doors of the centre were opened for the community to admire and explore and for children to enjoy the new outdoor play area which has already proven popular.
Glenelg Shire Council Mayor John Northcott, Western Victorian MP David Koch and Lowan MP Hugh Delahunty unveiled the plaque honouring Kathleen Millikan who the original centre was named after in 1956.
Ms Millikan’s children Dr Ross Millikan and Ruth Walter were also there to see the centre which replaced the original centre on the same site.
The $1.8 million project included $1.1 million of State Government funding and $700,000 from Glenelg Shire Council.
The Casterton Child Care Action Group also raised $84,000 towards the centre, which Cr Northcott was above and beyond their expectations.
“This group has worked in partnership with council over many years to generate funds for this facility,” he said.
“Without their energy, passion and persistence, the project could not have happened.”
Cr Northcott said the centre would provide light-filled play areas for children as well as state-of-the-art facilities for in-house and visiting healthcare professionals.
“This will be a true hub for the Casterton community,” he said.
Full story in The Casterton News on Wednesday, December 18, 2013