Derwent Valley Child and Family Centre Opened Fri 15 March 2013 Michelle O'Byrne Minister for Children The Minister for Children, Michelle O'Byrne, today officially opened Ptunarra, the Derwent Valley's new Child and Family Centre. Ms O'Byrne said the Centre was already delivering a range of services to support families and give children the best possible start in life. "Like similar centres around the State, Ptunarra is an example of Government and communities working together to provide the services families want and need," she said. "The State Government is committed to providing every child with the opportunities they deserve." Ms O'Byrne said the initiative at Ptunarra would be a hub for lifelong learning for families, and a support centre for children in their early years. "Ptunarra will offer a range of programs to improve the health and well-being, education and care of Tasmania's very young children by supporting parents and enhancing accessibility of services in the local community. "Programs and services are already available at the centre, including Launching into Learning, a first aid course for parents, the aptly titled courses Being a Parent and Plant, Grow and Eat. "Crucially, Ptunarra will also provide a perfect place for children to learn through playing and socialising with other children and their families." Ms O'Byrne said Child and Family Centres are being established in communities throughout Tasmania with 11 already operational. These are located at Beaconsfield, St Helens, Ravenswood, Burnie, East Devonport, Queenstown, Bridgewater, Clarence Plains, the Derwent Valley, Geeveston and Chigwell. "I have had the honour of opening a number of these centres and I firmly believe they are among the most exciting and innovative projects this Government has delivered," she said. "Our priorities as a State Government are jobs, people and opportunities and these Child and Family Centres reflect that. "Together with communities we are working to build an exciting future for young Tasmanians."