Cubby House outdoors facelift
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.