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Renaming of early childhood centre at 152 Mill Park Drive, Mill Park

We are proposing to rename the existing early childhood centre at 152 Mill Park Drive, Mill Park due to a change in lease.

The building is owned by Council and is currently leased to Melbourne City Mission (MCM) who have been operating a licensed children’s service known as Norparrin Children’s Centre. With the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), MCM has changed the way it delivers its service to the community. This change will mean MCM will discontinue their children’s service licence and their building lease will expire at the end of February 2021.

In 2019, the State Government introduced kindergarten reform that will see the introduction of 5 hours of funded kindergarten for three-year-olds in 2022, increasing to 15 hours by 2029. Council has identified that the facility at 152 Mill Park Drive is purpose-built for kindergarten provision and therefore key to being able to meet future community kindergarten demand.
As we transition towards rolling out three-year-old kindergarten, an alternative early childhood provider will begin offering early childhood programs for local families from the building at 152 Mill Park Drive from 2021 onwards. 

Have your say on the centre name

In line with our Naming Policy and the Victorian State Government Naming Rules, you are invited to help us choose a name for this new early childhood centre.


1. What is important to you in the name of an early childhood centre?
2. What name do you believe will mean something to the local community?

You can make your submission in one of the following ways by 5pm on Friday 23 October 2020:

Post: Family, Children & Young People Department, City of Whittlesea, Locked Bag 1, Bundoora MDC VIC 3083.


Fill out the survey. 


Public submissions

Your submission must comply with the Victorian Government's Naming policy and rules:

  • Ensuring public safety
  • Recognising the public interest
  • Linking the name to place
  • Ensuring names are not duplicated
  • Names must not be discriminatory
  • Recognition and use of Aboriginal languages in naming
  • Dual names (naming with two distinct parts, usually one part of non-Aboriginal language origin and the other of Aboriginal language origin
  • Using commemorative names
  • Using commercial and business names is not allowed
  • Language (Names should be easy to pronounce. Prefixes, symbols, punctuation marks and abbreviations are not allowed.)
  • Directional names north, south, east and west must be avoided
  • Assigning extent to a road, feature or locality (Council must clearly define the area and/or extent to which the name will apply).

Further information on these general principles and the Naming Rules can be accessed via the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.


Support and assistance

Your submission to Council should be in writing and in English. If you are unable to provide your suggestion in writing and/or in English, please contact the Governance Department by phone on 9217 2294 to discuss alternative ways you may be able to have your say on this issue. If you do not speak English, we offer various language services to help you communicate with us including Victorian Interpreting and Translating Services VITS and LanguageLinks. If you have a hearing or speech impairment you may use the National Relay Service by calling 133 677.


Process and Outcome 

Suggestions received will be collated and evaluated by Council who will make the final decision on the naming of the kindergarten in compliance with the relevant naming rules and conventions. The chosen name will be made public for final comment as per relevant statutory requirements.



If you have any questions or would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact  9404 8825 or by email to

If you would like more information on the formal process for the naming proposal, please contact the Governance Department on 9217 2294 or refer to the Naming Guidelines using the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.