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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Major upgrades unveiled in downtown Whittlesea

With the completion of upgrades to the Mill Park Library and Carrington Children’s Center and the start of construction to revitalize the Whittlesey Public Gardens in Lalore, the City of Whittlesey this week celebrated major milestones at some of its most popular facilities and open spaces .

City of Whittlesea administrators Ms. Lydia Wilson and Mr. Chris Eddy were joined by the Minister of Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP, and Bronwyn Halfpenny MP, State Member of Thomastown, to mark the Council’s valuable partnership with the Victorian Government in providing more than $5.2 million of exciting upgrades through the Growing Suburbs Fund.

Recent exterior upgrades to the Mill Park Library have transformed the center into a vibrant and inviting community center, complete with a new outdoor learning space, accessible entry forecourt and sensory play area.

An inclusive outdoor learning and play space has been added to the Carrington Children’s Center in Thomastown, designed to support the sensory, physical and spatial preferences of children with autism spectrum disorder or additional needs.

Lalor residents have also welcomed the start of the $4 million Whittlesey Public Garden redevelopment, which will modify the beloved park to include an impressive new playground, learning riding area, and a picnic and barbecue complex. Future phases of the project will include a new skate park, upgrades to a dog off-leash area, a rock-climbing wall, basketball court and outdoor fitness equipment.

City of Whittlesey Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said generous contributions from the Victorian government’s Growing Suburbs Fund have enabled council to update local facilities and parks sooner than expected.

“The improvements to the Mill Park Library, Carrington Children’s Center and Whittlesey Public Gardens are part of the council’s plan to create welcoming and accessible spaces for people of all ages and abilities,” said Ms. Wilson.

“We are proud to partner with the Victorian Government to provide inclusive community spaces to support people who live, work, study and visit the City of Whitelesey.”

For more information about recent and upcoming infrastructure upgrades in the City of Whittlesea, visit www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/majorprojects.

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