Land needed for preschool

‘Fi­nal piece of puz­zle’ for a nee Jar­jum

The Northern Star - - NEWS - Clau­dia Jam­bor clau­dia.jam­bor@north­ern­

THE de­signs are drawn up, the land is avail­able, now the heads of a not-for-profit preschool for dis­ad­van­taged kids have one more hur­dle to jump through be­fore they can start to build their new school.

Lis­more City Coun­cil moved unan­i­mously at Tues­day night’s meet­ing to con­tinue ne­go­ti­a­tions with di­rec­tors of Jar­jum Cen­tre Inc to de­ter­mine an ap­pro­pri­ate sale price for a new par­cel of land at Clif­ford Park, Goonellabah.

It came af­ter coun­cil­lor Ed­die Lloyd’s amend­ment was unan­i­mously passed by coun­cil­lors that also in­cluded talks with di­rec­tors to iden­tify what sup­port it needs from coun­cil for the project.

Ini­tially, the coun­cil pro­posed to sell the land for about $160,000 or as per the val­u­a­tion amount for the Cas­sia Cres ad­dress.

Cr Vanessa Ekins said Jar­jum preschool would be “the per­fect use” for the Goonellabah lo­ca­tion and that coun­cil “should do the best we can to min­imise the cost”.

Dur­ing pub­lic ac­cess, di­rec­tor Marita Ca­vanough thanked the coun­cil and the com­mu­nity for their on-go­ing sup­port.

Now, Ms Ca­vanough said it was cru­cial they were “given the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase the land at Clif­ford Park below mar­ket value”.

She said the land sale was the last piece of the puz­zle to bring their plans for a beau­ti­ful new school to fruition. PHO­TOS: CATHY ADAMS & STU­DIO ROGIER (CON­CEPT DE­SIGN)

It has taken years of com­mu­nity fundrais­ing for the embattled school to be able to make the move from its ex­ist­ing, di­lap­i­dated build­ing at Ri­fle Range Rd, East Lis­more, a re­al­ity.

Cr Bill Moor­house quizzed Ms Ca­vanough about how the old build­ing would be used.

She re­sponded with a range of ideas in­clud­ing the sale of the prop­erty if needed, or to seek part­ner­ships such as with South­ern Cross Uni­ver­sity to cre­ate a lan­guage hub on the site.

ON THE MOVE: Jar­jum preschool in East Lis­more is gear­ing up to re­lo­cate to Goonellabah, into a new build­ing (below) pro­posed for Clif­ford Park.

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