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Childcare for Boggabri

Community has its voice heard successfully

Childcare for Boggabri

It’s been a long and winding road, with a dead end seemingly thrown in the way, but Boggabri is finally to get its own childcare centre.

Narrabri Shire councillors unanimously voted last week to accept a community proposal which will see the centre funded by mining companies.

The Boggabri community was spurred into action in August after councillors gave them time to come up with an alternative, after a council-commissioned report recommended the centre proposal be axed due to its cost.

That proposal was for the centre to go into the former Boggabri Bowling Club premises, now owned by the council.

But the revised plan will see Boggabri Coal fund the centre construction.

The company, as part of its project approval, had been required to build 10 houses in Boggabri.

One of these will now be used as the childcare centre and it will remain a company asset.

The childcare facility will be run by Nurruby, and a condition of the approval is that ratepayers will not provide financial support to its construction or operation, in the event it is unprofitable. Should the latter be the case, the facility could be converted back to housing.

“I think it’s just great to see,” said Cr Lloyd Finlay, whose motion in August led to the rethink.