New Alstonville preschool to be built

ALSTONVILLE Community Preschool received an early Christmas present today with the announcement of $384,000 in capital works funding to build a new preschool at Crawford Park.

The funding announcement by Member for Ballina Don Page comes after four years of hard work by the Alstonville Community Preschool committee and the local community.

Alstonville Community Preschool president Katherine Buckley said the funding announcement was a fantastic Christmas present for families of Alstonville.

She said during construction, which is hoped to commence in September 2014, the preschool will operate from Amaze 'n' Place.

"The children of Alstonville will have a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic New Year and into 2015 and 2016 with a preschool at the temporary site."

Mrs Buckley said a development application to build the preschool will be lodged with Ballina Shire Council in January.

Mr Page said the capital works funding was targeted to areas of regional and rural NSW where new preschool infrastructure will help ease an undersupply of preschool places.

He said he was pleased to be able to secure funding for pre schools at both Alstonville and Wollongbar.

"I have lobbied very hard to get this money and I'm delighted with the outcome," he said.

"Wollongbar Community Preschool will also receive $190,503 for the construction of alterations and additions to increase capacity and provide a new disability accessible entrance and foyer."

"This project demonstrates the progress of the NSW government is making toward the state wide objective of all children attending preschool be fore they start primary school."

The need for a new preschool comes after the Alstonville Baptist Fellowship decided not to continue running the current preschool after 2013.

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