Fam­i­lies ex­plore cen­tre

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Af­ter two years in de­vel­op­ment, the new $4.66 mil­lion Parabur­doo Child­care Cen­tre opened its doors on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 8, with a com­mu­nity day invit­ing res­i­dents to see the up­graded fa­cil­ity for them­selves.

The build­ing in the town cen­tre in­cludes a land­scaped play­ground and shaded ar­eas, and will of­fer a com­bined 73 places for chil­dren in long-term and af­ter-school care, up from 25 at the old cen­tre.

It was of­fi­cially opened with a fam­ily day that of­fered res­i­dents the chance to tour the new cen­tre along with lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment, stalls, and ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing an in­ter­ac­tive wildlife dis­play, sports games and a gi­ant wa­ter­slide.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton deputy pres­i­dent Lin­ton Rum­ble said the cen­tre open­ing was a milestone de­vel­op­ment for Parabur­doo.

“This great new fa­cil­ity is a much wel­comed ad­di­tion to the town and pro­vides par­ents with im­proved op­tions for a work-life bal­ance,” he said.

The new cen­tre was funded by Rio Tinto and the State Govern­ment’s Roy­al­ties for Re­gions Pil­bara Cities Ini­tia­tive and ad­min­is­tered by the Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion and the Shire of Ash­bur­ton.

Rio Tinto Parabur­doo op­er­a­tions gen­eral man­ager Gabe Iwanow said the cen­tre was an in­vest­ment in im­prov­ing flex­i­bil­ity for lo­cal fam­i­lies.

One Tree Com­mu­nity Ser­vices were granted the lease over the cen­tre in May, and op­er­a­tions man­ager Sarah Short said they were ex­cited about start­ing up ser­vices.

Pic­ture: L.E.’s Pho­tog­ra­phy

Chil­dren and par­ents tour the new Parabur­doo Child­care Cen­tre at its re­cent open­ing.

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