Pindan to build centre
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.