Pin­dan to build cen­tre

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Court­ney Fowler

Pin­dan Con­tract­ing has been awarded the con­tract for the de­sign and con­struc­tion of a child­care cen­tre in Parabur­doo by the Shire of Ash­bur­ton.

The $4.66 mil­lion child­care cen­tre in Parabur­doo town cen­tre will have pro­vi­sion for 73 long-term and af­ter-school care places.

It will pro­vide chil­dren and fam­i­lies with mod­ern and safe fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a land­scaped play­ground and shaded ar­eas.

Ten­ders were re­viewed at the Au­gust or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing on Au­gust 19, with the pro­ject now ready to move into the con­struc­tion phase.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton pres­i­dent Kerry White said the Shire looked for­ward to work­ing with Pin­dan Con­tract­ing to bring this much­needed in­fra­struc­ture to com­ple­tion.

“Award­ing the ten­der means build­ing of the cen­tre can progress, and that res­i­dents will start to see ac­tiv­ity on site,” she said.

“The new child­care cen­tre is a ma­jor mile­stone in pro­vid­ing greater sup­port to fam­i­lies liv­ing in Parabur­doo and we are now a big step closer to this be­ing ac­ces­si­ble to the com­mu­nity.”

The child­care cen­tre is one of the nu­mer­ous com­mu­nity projects be­ing de­liv­ered as part of a long-term part­ner­ship be­tween the Shire of Ash­bur­ton and Rio Tinto, which aims to im­prove the live­abil­ity of Parabur­doo, Tom Price and Pan­na­won­ica.

Rio Tinto gen­eral man­ager com­mu­ni­ties Ben Laid­law said he was pleased to see the de­vel­op­ment of the Parabur­doo child­care cen­tre progress to this stage.

“I would like to thank Parabur­doo res­i­dents for their on­go­ing sup­port and pa­tience as the Shire of Ash­bur­ton and Rio Tinto have pro­gressed this pro­ject to­gether over the last cou­ple of years,” he said.

“It is won­der­ful to see the hard work com­ing to fruition and that a new and im­proved child­care fa­cil­ity will soon be avail­able for Parabur­doo.”

Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill said the child­care cen­tre would be a welcome ad­di­tion for fam­i­lies liv­ing in the in­land com­mu­nity.

“Ac­cess to qual­ity child­care ser­vices will as­sist Parabur­doo fam­i­lies to achieve a bet­ter work-life bal­ance, while also pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial­i­sa­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren,” he said.

“Pro­vid­ing qual­ity com­mu­nity ser­vices im­proves the long-term re­ten­tion of res­i­dents, which sup­ports the Pil­bara Cities vi­sion of grow­ing re­gional cen­tres into vi­brant, sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties that peo­ple choose to call home.”

Head­works are un­der way at the site and build­ing con­struc­tion for the new cen­tre is ex­pected to start later this year.

This pro­ject is sup­ported by the State Gov­ern­ment’s Roy­al­ties for Re­gions Pil­bara Cities Ini­tia­tive, ad­min­is­tered by the Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, Rio Tinto and the Shire of Ash­bur­ton.

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