Work on our new $2.6 million kidzspace centre at Kangaroo Flat is underway. In this new blog we meet the Bendigo builders and sub-contractors using their expertise to make our dream a reality.
THE electricity and data cables that will be hidden from view in the roof and wall cavities of the completed kidzspace Bendigo complex could be stretched out over several kilometres.
MPB Electrical is the company tasked with the mammoth job of wiring up the children’s health and wellbeing facility in Helm Street, Kangaroo Flat.
Director Matt Bolton will have up to four electricians on site at various stages throughout the project, and installing an upgraded main switchboard to power the building is their first job.
“We are also installing cabling underground to the new building, and connecting up all the wiring for the power and lighting. Then we’ll do the cabling for all the data points,” he says.
The Bendigo Community Health Services centre is a first in regional Australia, bringing community-based child and family education, early intervention, clinical services and support programs under one roof to improve the long-term outcomes for local youngsters.
It will help meet an expected increase in the need for specialist child health and wellbeing services as Bendigo’s population grows and is a key to BCHS’ vision of helping children reach their full potential.
Initially unaware what the complex was for and the positive impact it could have on future generations, Matt was happy to learn his company was contributing to a vital community hub.
“It does give you a sense of pride,” he says, adding that his firm has previously worked on other community-focused building projects for organisations like Anglicare.
MPB Electrical is a family-owned business that has operated in Bendigo for 13 years.
“I was born and bred here and am a second-generation electrician.”
Matt has three other qualified sparkies and three apprentices working alongside him, with wife Rachel taking care of the administration from their Adam Street office.
The $2.6 million kidzspace Bendigo development is expected to take about six months overall and is due to open in early 2017.