Bathurst child care centre receives $100,000 funding boost | Video

CHANGES: Bathurst MP Paul Toole, Scallywags' Leanne McCurry, Bathurst mayor Graeme Hanger with (front) Oscar, Tate, Isaac, Lucy and Hunter.
CHANGES: Bathurst MP Paul Toole, Scallywags' Leanne McCurry, Bathurst mayor Graeme Hanger with (front) Oscar, Tate, Isaac, Lucy and Hunter.

A FRESH new look is on the way at Scallywags Child Care Centre thanks to a $100,000 State Government funding boost.

A new entrance, foyer and counter, meeting/family room and painting are among the planned works.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole said works would be completed within the next 12 months thanks to an allocation from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

“When you have a look at the facility, though, it is a little bit tired and it needs to have some new paint on it, a new entrance being put in, a new counter and a new room for families to be able to meet and to be able to discuss the progress of their children,” he said.

“It’s been supplying and supporting generations of families for more than 30 years.” 

Scallywags acting centre director Leanne McCurry said the 35-year-old council-run child care facility was in need of modernising.

“It will help revitalise and reinvigorate the centre for children in the future,” she said of the works.

The Western Advocate understands that an additional, significant amount of money has also been allocated in Bathurst Regional Council's upcoming draft budget for 2018/19 for further upgrades at the centre.

Bathurst mayor Graeme Hanger agreed that Scallywags was “tired and it needs a refurb”, especially inside the centre.

“Council will work with the state government and work with the staff in the future to make sure this refurbishment happens and it’ll be a wonderful facility,” he said.