The close-knit, multi-cultural community of Robinvale is located 90km from Mildura and 140km from Swan Hill, its local government hub. Robinvale has a number of recognised challenges, including geographic isolation, major housing shortages, limited local facilities, reduced access to locally delivered services due to transport issues, a transitory population, low levels of education and historically low levels of consistent engagement with education and early childhood services.
Positive collaboration and advocacy from key local organisations led to a partnership between the Colman Foundation, Robinvale College, Swan Hill Shire Council, the Robinvale District Health Service (RDHS) and the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) – the Early learning service provider on the College site – to establish and support Our Place at Robinvale College. Many other community services are engaged and eager to work with Our Place.
The redevelopment of the huge Robinvale College site is well progressed. The early childhood facilities opened in Term 2 2019. Funding has been secured for the construction of a community library facility on the site that will become an important resource for the community.
Our Place is represented by a Partnership Manager, and in due course, there will also be a Community Facilitator who will work with the community partners to develop a plan for the implementation of the Our Place model at Robinvale.