Clubs NSW helped with the final bit of funding for Alstonville Community Preschool.
Clubs NSW helped with the final bit of funding for Alstonville Community Preschool. Marc Stapelberg

Donations help preschool open on time

CLUBS NSW came to the rescue of Alstonville Community Preschool yesterday donating $32,000 needed to finish the new premises so it can open next year.

A massive five-year fundraising effort saw about $670,000 raised to build the preschool after Alstonville's previous preschool closed its doors in 2013.

But additional development application and construction certificate costs led to a $58,000 shortfall once construction was already underway.

Ballina RSL and Twin Towns had previously answered the call with $10,000 and $15,000 donations.

Alstonville Community Preschool President Katherine Buckley thanked Ben Franklin MLC, the community, local clubs and Clubs NSW for their generous contributions.

"Raising the money for the preschool has really been a community effort, and we are very grateful that this funding will get us over the line meaning we will be able to open the new preschool in February," she said.

"This funding will help us fit out the outdoor playground for the children and make sure the outdoor play space is compliant and regulatory standards.

"It also ensures our playground will be accessible to all students, including those with additional needs.

"We have two children next year who use wheelchairs, and one child with a visual impairment, and this funding means those children will have unrestricted access to the playground."

Clubs NSW CEO Anthony Ball said clubs were passionate about supporting early childcare facilities in regional NSW.

"The volunteers of Alstonville Community Preschool have worked extremely hard to make sure this new state-of-the-art facility will serve the local community for generations to come," he said.

"Clubs NSW is happy this donation means the preschool can open in time for the new school year, and there'll be no delays."



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