The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to provide funding for the redevelopment of Shepparton disability provider ConnectGV.
In a constituency question to the Minister for Housing, Disability and Aging in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell said the ConnectGV facility in Bowenhall Street Shepparton was 64 years old and had several structural defects that required the construction of a brand new facility.
“Established in 1954, ConnectGV has grown to be the largest disability service within the Goulburn Valley offering day options, employment opportunities, accommodation and outreach services,” Ms Lovell said.
“The condition of current site is affecting the occupational health and safety of both clients and staff and the planned redevelopment will allow ConnectGV to offer a wider variety of activities in a safe and secure environment.”
Plans for the redevelopment will see ConnectGV construct a contemporary, fit-for-purpose building on an adjacent site currently used for administration purposes, allowing the provider to deliver all of their quality programs to clients on one site.
“The cost of the redevelopment at Connect GV is estimated to be $4.5m with the provider contributing funds of $3m and the organisation is seeking government funding of $1.5m to complete this worthwhile project,” Ms Lovell said.
“That is why I have called for a commitment by the Minister to provide $1.5m towards the planned redevelopment of the ConnectGV facility.”