Mountain Gate Centre is one of the winners in Knox Council’s budget for 2014-15 with nearly a million dollars for streetscape renewal, bus shelter and toilets. Replacement of poor pavements will be especially welcome.
Improvements to roads, pavements and open spaces across the municipality continue to be big items, as are increases in costs of child care due to new regulations. There is also increased funding for elderly residents. An average rate increase of 5.25% (the lowest rate rise in eight years), is considered responsible planning to meet increasing costs, new
needs and renewal of existing assets.
Your responses are invited. See the Council website for details.
Knoxbrooke Inc in Ferntree Gully will also receive $77,000 in funding for Knoxbrooke to commence stage one of a three stage re-development of the centre.
Stage one will engage consultants, Re-Shape Development, to scope the 1.47ha site and provide a feasibility study of options available for redevelopment of the site to ensure the current and future needs of Knoxbrooke’s clients are met.
Knoxbrooke provides day programs for adults with an intellectual disability and is a well-loved community facility. A redevelopment would provide clients with a fresh and exciting centre for their ongoing day programs which would be better able to meet their needs and better utilise the site.
Rad Killian, CEO of Knoxbrooke and Pat Dalton, President of the Knoxbrooke Board of Management are looking forward to seeing the ideas of what the future may hold for Knoxbrooke and its clients.
Nick Wakeling, MP for Ferntree Gully