Hendy Street Child and Family Centre is on track to be open in time for the 2018 pre-school year.

The City of Greater Geelong Administrators agreed to delegate the power to accept or reject tenders for the project to the Chief Executive Officer in September 2016, provided the tenders were within the allocated budget.

The City’s General Manager Strategy and Performance Will Tieppo said to avoid disruption to early childhood services, and to deliver a 2018 opening, it was necessary to award construction tenders by the end of 2016.

“The City is committed to the timely construction of the Hendy Street Child and Family Centre,” Mr Tieppo said.

“Delegating the powers and functions to accept or reject a tender and sign the contract documents to the CEO for the project’s construction and associated works, providing it falls within the adopted budget, will speed up the process and ensure the timelines are met.”

The City is funding the $5.4m Hendy Street Child and Family Centre, which will include a kindergarten, maternal and child health consulting rooms, outdoor playgrounds, consulting spaces for visiting support services, a multi-purpose playgroup/occasional care room, parent lounge, off-street car parking and reception/office space.

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