Children enjoy playing in the sandpit at the new preschool at last week’s open day, with the mayor Cr Jan Barham looking on.
Children enjoy playing in the sandpit at the new preschool at last week’s open day, with the mayor Cr Jan Barham looking on.

Preschool finally opens

It took a ‘lot of time, energy and angst,’, according to Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham, but at long last, Byron Bay has its new preschool.


A clearly delighted Cr Barham welcomed visitors to an open day last Wednesday at the Suffolk Park Integrated Children’s Centre in Coogera Circuit, Suffolk Park.


“What a wonderful place,” she said. “There are those who thought it would never happen. We made it. It’s a fabulous building.”


With the preschool at its core, the $1.4 million facility also will be home to the Byron Shire Early Intervention Service and Byron Toy Library.


While the preschool will welcome the first children at the start of the next school term, the other two services are expected to move in soon.


The new building has been designed to maximise natural lighting, and with high ceilings and bi-fold doors, the centre will be naturally cooled by sea breezes.


Other features include water tanks for irrigation, energy-efficient lighting and soft-fall playgrounds.


The centre, which has 29 preschool places, has been funded through Section 94 developer contributions, grants and contributions from Byron Bay Preschool, Department of Education and Training and council loans.
 


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