Portable cubby house ready for new preschool

WOLLONGBAR TAFE students have chipped in to help build a new cubby house for children at the Alstonville Community Preschool.

About 12 TAFE construction students gained practical experience over three weeks building and installing the outdoor cubby.

Head teacher of construction Paul Johnson said the project was a "win-win" for both the preschool and TAFE.

"We just donated our time and the preschool supplied the materials," he said.

The cubby house is about 3m by 2.4m wide, with a gable roof, viewing platform and wheelchair access.

The purpose-built cubby house was designed so it could be relocated to the new Crawford Park site when the preschool's temporary approval to use Amaze 'n' Place runs out in December next year.

The development application for the Crawford Park site was submitted to Ballina Shire Council last week.

Alstonville Community Preschool committee president Katherine Buckley said construction could begin on the new site as soon as the DA is approved.

She said the new Crawford Park building should be ready for opening by the end of January 2016.

So far, the preschool has managed to secure two grants towards the new site, including $120,000 from the council for drainage and car parking at the site and $384,881 from the NSW Department of Education and Communities.

The preschool also managed to raise about $40,000 last year through fundraising. "We've got quite a full schedule of fundraising activities towards the back-end of this year," Ms Buckley said.

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