I am very pleased to announce that the proposed Kids Plus Foundation National Centre for Therapy, Research and Training in Geelong (KPF Centre) will receive $1.47m under round one of the Turnbull Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
The $2.97m KPF Centre will be a purpose built facility enabling the provision of specialist multidisciplinary therapy programs to 250 children and their families across Geelong and greater Barwon region of South West Victoria.
The KPF centre will provide:
- physical therapy programs to more than 250 children by 2022 including physiotherapy and occupational therapy;
- training, tuition, mentoring, professional secondments and research partnerships; and
- particular expertise in programs to children with cerebral palsy, the most common physical disability in childhood.
The KPF Centre will comprise therapy rooms, meeting and teaching rooms and employee work spaces.
Kids Plus will triple its current service delivery capacity through the KPF Centre, creating up to 25 allied health positions in the process, a significant boost in employment.
Generous contributions to this wonderful project have been made by the Kids Plus Foundation, Anthony Costa Foundation, Give Where You Live Foundation and Geelong Christian Spiritual Church.
I would like to congratulate Shaun Cannon, Chief Executive, and everyone from Kids Plus for their hard work in seeing this proposal come to fruition and look forward to seeing this project when it is completed.
Through the BBRF, the Turnbull Government is providing almost $500m over four years from 2016-17 to help fund priority infrastructure projects that foster economic growth in rural, regional and remote communities.
More information about the BBRF can be found at https://www.business.gov.au/
3 August 2017