HAPPY TIMES: Sitting out the front of the new Alstonville Community Preschool site are (left to right) Emily Evans, 2, of Tuckombil, Reed Thompson, 3, and Charlotte Thompson, 5, of Coolgardie, Sam Green, 4, of Alstonville (standing), Zac Buckley, 2, of Alstonville (standing), Digby Roberts, 2, and Ivy Roberts, 4, of Rous Mill.
HAPPY TIMES: Sitting out the front of the new Alstonville Community Preschool site are (left to right) Emily Evans, 2, of Tuckombil, Reed Thompson, 3, and Charlotte Thompson, 5, of Coolgardie, Sam Green, 4, of Alstonville (standing), Zac Buckley, 2, of Alstonville (standing), Digby Roberts, 2, and Ivy Roberts, 4, of Rous Mill. Gabrielle Thompson

Relief as replacement site found for Alstonville preschool

IT has been a hard-fought battle, but Alstonville Community Preschool has finally secured a location for 2014.

The committee this week got approval from Ballina Shire Council to temporarily run their preschool from Amaze 'n' Place on Wardell Rd at Alstonville.

In December this year, the village's only community pre- school - at the Alstonville Baptist Church - will close down after more than 40 years.

Parents and community members have been working hard to ensure there is still a preschool in the village.

Approval has been given to build a new facility on a portion of land at Crawford Park, but no capital funding has become available.

But now, with the council giving consent to use Amaze 'n' Place, the preschool can con- tinue.

Committee president Katherine Buckley said they were "relieved and excited".

"It means we finally have a home," she said.

Alstonville Community Pre- school will start operating in January.

Amaze 'n' Place, which is a popular tourist attraction, will continue to operate during the school holidays.

It will be open from today for the school holiday period, so come along and check it out.

"The use is really complementary," Ms Buckley said.

"We are so happy to be working with the Dillons (Rik and Lisa, who own Amaze 'n' Place). They have been incredibly supportive."

Ms Buckley also thanked the council and Ballina MP Don Page for their help.

Alstonville Community Preschool will host an open day on Saturday, October 26, from 9-11am.

For information or an enrolment form, phone Katrina on 6628 0438 or email alstonville preschool@gmail.com.

You can also make a donation to the preschool online.



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