Naomi Barry is a Wamba Wemba, Wadi Wadi, Yorta Yorta and Muthi Muthi through my mum and Irish heritage through her dad’s side and grew up on a farm just out of a small town called Chinkapook. Her role at the Darebin City Council is the Keon Park Children’s Hub Programs Officer which she commenced in late 2021. We welcome Naomi to 3KND this morning to yarn about how she became involved in her current role and whats coming this school holidays.
Naomi’s role entails hiring out the spaces within the facility to a wide variety of community groups and I also create programs for the local Reservoir and wider Darebin community such as our upcoming Autumn School Holiday program which has something the whole family can enjoy.
The role works alongside Council operated services, externally provided kindergarten and other licensees to ensure that the KPCH provides a one-stop-shop for families. The community spaces are available to the community for hire and provide space for the delivery of events and activities that support the Council Plan and related strategies to provide benefit to the community, especially children.
Keon Park Children’s Hub (KPCH) is a stand-alone community facility on Dole Avenue, Reservoir. It was built in 2014 to service the needs of children and their families in the north of Darebin municipality. This modern, purpose-built venue houses Maternal and Child Health services, a kindergarten, Family Services and community activity and meeting spaces. This is a role Naomi loves.