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