Cubby House out­doors facelift

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Cubby House has grown and is ready for play­time with a $57,000 ex­ten­sion to the back­yard of­fi­cially opened last week­end.

When a new national frame­work came in last year, Cubby House di­rec­tor Leti­tia McDon­ald said they de­cided it was time to up­grade the back­yard.

The back­yard was ex­tended and unused space be­came a new side yard, com­plete with a bike track for the chil­dren, new equip­ment and an ar­ti­fi­cial-grass area.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing turned into mud and slop too quickly in the wet and with one ar­ti­fi­cial sec­tion, one part will be us­able all year round for the chil­dren, which means a lot more out­side time to ex­plore,’’ Ms McDon­ald said.

‘‘The chil­dren love it, they spend so much time ex­plor­ing the big­ger space and all of our past stu­dents come in and also want to stay and play all day, it’s a good sign and worth it for the chil­dren.’’

Cook MP David Kemp­ton of­fi­cially opened the back­yard last Satur­day, while past stu­dents and present all en­joyed face paint­ing, a sausage siz­zle and try­ing out the re­fur­bish­ments.

‘‘We had a lot of past, present and fu­ture par­ents come in and it was nice to share the day with all of them,’’ Ms McDon­ald said.

‘‘We have achieved a lot in the back­yard and now it’s fin­ished we would like to up­grade in­side.’’

The Port Dou­glas Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre Cubby House cares for chil­dren up to the age of five.

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