Playgroup donation

AFTER cooking like an oven in summer and being frozen in winter, the St Mary's Playgroup Gatton has received a welcome grant of about $33,000 towards renovating their building.

Originally used as a storage shed for St Vincent de Paul 15 years ago, the building on the St Mary's Church grounds in Gatton was transformed into a kindergarten due to the growing number of kids in the demographic.

“It used to be a tin shed it has been a dream since it began – the renovations took about 10 weeks and now we have walls that are lined and insulated,” one of the co-ordinators Linda Lyons said.

“Six months ago it was a sink and a bench without any cupboards.”

The application for the grant through Playgroup Australia was supported by Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones and Member for Lockyer, Ian Rickuss along with principal of Our Lady of Good Council, Sue Carpenter.

The playgroup now has a full kitchen and more than 30 families that attend the Wednesday and Thursday sessions from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Ian Rickuss, Member for Lockyer was pleased to accept an invitation from Michelle Duff of the St Mary's Playgroup Gatton to attend their open day.

Mr Rickuss called in to meet the parents and children of the Playgroup who were keen to show off their newly renovated play shed.

“St. Mary's Playgroup recently received funding from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund which enabled them to upgrade the interior of their play shed,” Mr Rickuss said.

“I am sure the Playgroup's membership will continue to grow as their facility offers a wonderful safe and clean environment for young children to develop socially while participating in educational activities, also giving their parents the opportunity to interact with other parents of young children.”

Mr Rickuss said it is amazing how dedicated parents can start a small project such as this playgroup which then benefits the community for years to come.


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