Abacus Learning Centre in Hastings is steeped in pride this week with the official launch of their new premises.
Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Greg Hunt addressed parents, grandparents and children who attend the centre.
He said, “What’s beautiful about this centre is hearing the laughter of children. Last year I walked around my electorate and raised $64,000 – thanks to our generous community.”
“A lot of work needed to be done to make it fully functional again. The money we raised was used to refurbish the new premises.”
He added, ”The Centre provides a safe environment for children living with autism to play, explore, learn, educate and gain confidence.”
Abacus Learning Centre Chairperson, Mr Michael Moore addressed the crowd who came to celebrate the launch. He said, “Everyone associated with the new location of the centre are proud of their efforts and achievements. We are working with schools and teachers to organize sessions for children at the centre.”
He said a lot of local businesses including architects, plumbers, builders, electricians and other trades have been generous with their time to help get the centre purpose ready. We were also given donations from generous people.”
Westernport Secondary College Principal, Mr Michael Devine said, “We have a great partnership with the centre. We are working towards mutual benefits and outcomes to the assist children living with autism.”
Abacus Learning Centre is in its 9th year of operation on the Mornington Peninsula and caters for children of all ages from local areas and afar.
Executive Manager of Abacus, Ms Nina Sutton said there was a lot of hard work from staff and volunteers who worked many hours to complete the centre.
The new premises was the old Hastings Trade School in the grounds of Westernport Secondary College. Cr David Garnock of the Cerberus Ward recommended the site. He also attended the launch.
Hear the full interview with the Hon. Greg Hunt, Cr Garnock and Executive Manager Nina Sutton on Eye on the Peninsula, RPP FM’s current affairs program this Tuesday at 12noon.
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