Twin Towns donates $15k to Alstonville Preschool
GOOD news keeps on coming for the hardworking committee of Alstonville Preschool after Twin Towns announced it will donate $15,000 to help finish their new premises.
President Katherine Buckley, said parents and community members had been tirelessly fundraising for the new Community Pre-school since Alstonville's only community pre-school closed its doors in 2013 after 41 years of operation.
Since 2014, the pre-school has been conducted from temporary premises, with around 30 local children enrolled per day.
Mrs Buckley said NSW MLC Ben Franklin put the call out to Twin Towns, who generously obliged.
"Our goal has always been to have the pre-school up and running in time for the start of the new school year," Mrs Buckley said.
"After securing grants from NSW Department of Education and Communities, Ballina Shire Council and Community Building Partnerships towards the site preparation and pre-school building at Crawford Park, another $100,000 from our fundraising needed to go towards development application and construction certificate costs.
"The money previously set aside for the playground and landscaping at the new premises was spent on these additional costs, leaving us with a shortfall of close to $60, 000.
"The inside of the building is almost completed and the donation from Twin Towns can go towards landscaping, fencing, children's playground equipment, a sandpit and other crucial elements that have to be in place to meet regulatory standards.
"We need to ensure the playground is accessible for all students, including those with additional needs."
Twin Towns Donations Committee chair and Deputy Chair of Twin Towns, Brian Brown, said that small communities faced a very special challenge in having to raise funds from a limited population.
"Alstonville locals have already shown their commitment to fund this project within their capacity," he said.
"The need to jump a final compliance hurdle to ensure the pre-school can continue to serve this small community for perhaps another 41 years resonated loudly with our board.
"The call to assist was initially answered by our good friends at Ballina RSL and through our Club and Community Foundation, Twin Towns is pleased to further assist in getting this project finalised when it is just so close to completion".
The new Alstonville Community Pre-school will cater for 40 local children per day and is already almost fully enrolled. This highlights the need for the pre-school which feeds into three local primary schools.
Mrs Buckley said the fact that Twin Towns has considered their pre-school a worthwhile project to support and reached out to their community has spurred them on.
"The next two months will be a dash to the finish line and we are so absolutely appreciative of Twin Towns' contribution to our community project," she said.