Community raised $670k, now preschool needs just $60k more
NSW Parliament has heard Alstonville Community Preschool is just $60,000 away from completing its fundraising to build a new home.
Ballina MP Tamara Smith said the community had already enough money to build the whole facility, bar one vital piece of infrastructure - the playground.
"What began as a group of concerned parents proactively working together turned into a much larger community effort," she said.
"They have fundraised a whopping $670,000 and worked with Ballina Shire Council to secure a 4000sq m parcel of land at Crawford Park in Alstonville for the construction of a purpose-built community preschool.
"After working out of temporary premises - and even a shipping container - and five long years of lobbying and fundraising, the turning of the sod took place recently, which I attended.
"The preschool is almost there, with only $60,000 still needed to build the outdoor playground for the children."
The preschool was founded in 2010 after the closure of Alstonville's only preschool after 41 years of operation.