Minister for Health Praises Tweddle EPC Redevelopment for Families

Minister for Health Praises Tweddle EPC Redevelopment for Families


We were grateful to have the Minister for Health Mary-Anne Thomas join Tweddle Child and Family Health Service Board members, CEO, staff, and the Bowden Corporation team today to view the construction progressing on Tweddle’s Early Parenting Centre (EPC). 

The multi-million-dollar upgrade of the Footscray site will see century old Tweddle build capacity for more families needing support with their babies and toddlers in the difficult early months and years of parenting.  

New designs were recently unveiled for the construction of 12 new residential family units and new native landscaping. Tweddle’s Footscray redevelopment forms a vital link in its expansion, which includes a new EPC in Wyndham and Early Parenting Centre partnerships with Barwon Health and Bendigo Health. 

Tweddle CEO Jacquie O’Brien said the redevelopment was a historic marker in the growth of Tweddle which started in 1920.  

“Tweddle’s vision is ‘Secure babies, Strong Families, Safe Communities’. This important redevelopment will help more families get a strong and healthy start to life which is important for life-long resilience, positive mental health and secure relationships.” Ms O’Brien said. 

“We’re looking forward to a 30% increase in capacity which will enable up to 600 residential families to get the help they need. This will mean a lot to those on the waiting list, which can sometimes extend to three months.”  

“The new culturally safe centre will see a much-needed modernisation and improvement in meeting spaces for families, staff and community supports” Ms O’Brien said. “We can’t wait to share the new facilities with the community.” 

Minister Thomas also met with Tweddle families as part of their Residential program admission and toured the existing clinical areas.  

Delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) in partnership with Tweddle and Bowden Corporation, the Footscray works are scheduled for completion in late 2023.

Tweddle is grateful to the Member for Footscray Katie Hall for her ongoing support and advocacy for families in Footscray and Melbourne’s west. 

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