Children’s Centre gets $200,000 makeover

Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown with children at the centre.
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Strauss Road Children’s Centre at St Clair is looking fresh and welcoming thanks to a substantial revamp by Penrith City Council.

A facelift to the exterior of the building has given it a contemporary appeal which is topped off with extensive landscaping.

Worth nearly $200,000, the project was funded solely by Council and works were completed by local builder Coverit over a three-month period.

Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown said she was very impressed during her latest visit to the Centre.

“I enjoy regularly getting out to catch up with our City’s youngest residents and when I attended Strauss Road Children’s Centre recently it had an instant street appeal,” Cr McKeown said.

“With so many families relying on the work of our Council-run Centres scattered around our LGA, it is important that we create spaces that are welcoming for children – to ensure that they feel comfortable when in care and look forward to returning.

The centre has had a substantial upgrade.

“The significant upgrade of Strauss Road Children’s Centre is an example of Council’s re-investment in our facilities, as we work towards a long-term vision and strive to continue delivering affordable, high quality services to our community.”

The project saw various external upgrades, including painting the walls and the roof, vitrapanel cladding and external signage, new gutters and downpipes, new entry fencing and gates, and tiling on the front veranda.
Landscaping in the rear yard included retaining work and land stabilisation, while the front yard received new access paths, retaining walls, garden beds, planting and an irrigation system.

Strauss Road Children’s Centre offers Long Day Care for babies through to children aged six. Council runs 45 not-for-profit services across the City, with 25 of those being Childcare Centres.

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