Goonellabah Prechool project scores $22,000
GOONELLABAH Preschool has received a government grant that will see children and teachers enjoy increased levels of comfort without blowing out the power bill.
Director Janette Essery said securing a $22,000 State Government grant for a project to upgrade the centre's existing solar panels and install air conditioning allowed the pre-school to keep fees as low as possible and also initiate outreach programs for disadvantaged children.
"This will reassure the parents their young children are provided with a comfortable environment where they are able to concentrate, learn, play and participate in all activities to develop skills in readiness for school."
The project cost $25,117, Mrs Essery said, with fundraising making up the difference.
"We held Bunnings barbecues, cake stalls, pie drives and received some generous donations from the local business community," she said.
"We also greatly appreciate the donation made by Nickel Energy towards the project."
Lismore MP Thomas George said the pre-school was successful in applying for a Community Building Partnership Program grant.
"The program supports organisations in their projects because if they had to raise 100% of the funds themselves it could take 10 years," he said.
"I have to give credit to Jo McPherson, Sarah Brennand and Janette for working together on the successful funding application.
"Through this grant the pre-school is becoming self-sufficient."
The pre-school has been operating in Goonellabah for 46 years.
"The project will provide for the many special needs children, especially for those with medical conditions who would not otherwise be able to attend pre-school in hot weather due to concerns of overheating, febrile convulsions, lethargy, dehydration, allergies and asthma," he said.