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Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre officially opens 12 December 2022

Bass Coast Shire Council has officially opened the new Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre, providing a custom-designed adult learning space and neighbourhood house in Cowes.

By news@gippsland - 16th December 2022 - Back to News

The new centre, which opened on December 12, provides a range of community services including emergency food relief, workplace training and employment advice, as well as workshops and a meeting place for local interest groups. Important support via referrals to welfare services, mental health counselling, family violence assistance and emergency accommodation is also available.

Graham Turner, Treasurer - PICAL and Cr Michael Whelan, Bass Coast Shire Mayor

Graham Turner, Treasurer - PICAL and Cr Michael Whelan, Bass Coast Shire Mayor

Opportunities and connections

The new centre, built by Arkit on the Old Warley Hospital site, comes after the former PICAL site was set aside for the new Phillip Island Community Hospital, which is now under construction and is due to open in 2024.

Mayor Michael Whelan said he was proud to open the new centre, which was an important pillar of the community. "Hubs such as the Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre are often cornerstones in local communities and provide vital opportunities for social connection as well as educational, recreational and support activities."

"Since its inception 42 years ago, we have seen some innovative programs delivered by PICAL from training and educating local residents to reach their future employment goals to workshops allowing people to learn new skills or expand their knowledge, and as an outlet for like-minded individuals to collaborate on specialist projects or hobbies." Cr Whelan said.

Ensuring full services

Cr Whelan added, "PICAL is an invaluable contributor to our community and this new building will enable the organisation to continue its much-needed work for many years to come."

Jeff Floyd Chair of PICAL says "PICAL now enters an exciting new phase in its service to the community. My sincere thanks to our incredible staff and volunteers who have worked so hard to make this big move happen. We will resume our full services in the new year."

For more information, visit the Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre Inc. website, or their office located at 16 Warley Avenue, Cowes.

Pictures from Bass Coast Shire Council website.


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