Community infrastructure for Aboriginal Victorians in Melbourne’s northern suburbs has received a boost courtesy of the Andrews Government’s Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program.

As part of the program, Bubup Wilam for Early Learning in Thomastown has received $109,350 for capital works and upgrades to community spaces, training rooms, the library, dining room, and aid the expansion of a breakaway space for specialist learning.

The funding boost is part of the $14.6 million investment in the Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program, improving service delivery as well as the cultural connectedness and wellbeing of communities.

Improving Aboriginal community infrastructure such as this is fundamental to the pursuit of self-determination and social and economic development for Aboriginal Victorians.

Bubup Wilam, which means ‘children’s place’ in Woi Worrun language, is part of a nation-wide network of Aboriginal Child and Family Centres, established in recognition of the fact that Aboriginal children and families are contending with issues that some other children and families do not face.

The funding will enhance access to community spaces, training rooms, the library and dining room. The refurbishment project in Thomastown will respond to growing community demand for the early learning centre’s services.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins

“This funding boost will help Bubup Wilam continue the great work it does in delivering important front-line services for Aboriginal communities.”

“Through the Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program we’re helping organisation to grow and flourish, and with it, improve the cultural connection and wellbeing of Aboriginal Victorians.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

“We all know that a quality kindergarten experience can set a child up for life.”

“Investing in Aboriginal early learning centres directly supports families, which is vital in a child’s first five years.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Brownyn Halfpenny MP

“Congratulations to Bubup Wilam for Early Learning Centre. Lisa Thorpe and staff are so committed to the education and empowerment of the Aboriginal children. The centre certainly deserves these funds to upgrade the centre and make it more suitable to their needs.”