Our Journey

A timeline of our achievements and setbacks.

June 2008

A small group of early childhood service providers and advocates agree that there is a need for an integrated service provision model for children in Taree.

2009

The name “First Steps Count” is confirmed and the First Steps Count Inc. Management Committee is established.

Greater Taree City Council agree to provide the land for construction of the Centre in Myall Avenue, Taree.

Architects Without Frontiers (AWF) donates $18,000 for preparation of a Master Plan for the First Steps Count Child and Family Centre.

2010

Application for building funds to Regional Development Australia (RDA) Round 2 unsuccessful.

First Steps Count incorporated as an association.

Community consultation underway.

Pidcock Architects undertakes the Master Plan task on behalf of AWF.

2011

Vincent Family Fairfax Foundation (VFFF) donates funds towards the completion of a Development Application (DA) for the First Steps Count Child and Family Centre.

Local community raises $30,000 towards the project.

Discussions commence with service providers, philanthropic organisations, business and community groups.

2012

A portion of land belonging to the NSW Department of Education declared necessary to satisfy Asset Protection Zone requirements.

Application for building funds to Regional Development Australia (RDA) Round 4 unsuccessful.

Greater Taree City Council confirms the allocation of land to First Steps Count Inc.

Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation promises $1 million towards the Centre dependent upon a contribution of government funding.

Adoption of the Living Building Challenge by Pidcock Architects.

2013

Requirement for Asset Protection Zone to be added to the FSC site. DA preparation resumes.

Ongoing consultation with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Future partnership with University of Wollongong “Early Start” project under negotiation.

 

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