Toormina’s Gamumbi Early Learning centre benefits from State Government grant

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh at Gamumbi Early Childhood Education Centre congratulating president Tess Major (left) and director Lisa Stevens. Photo David Tune.

 

GAMUMBI Early Learning Centre in Toormina is about to receive $50,000 in funding from the State Government’s Community Building Partnership program.

The funding will be put towards improving staff amenities including bathroom and shower facilities.

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Director Lisa Stevens said, “(This) will allow us to have increased capacity for family and parenting workshops, as well as improving life for our staff.

“Gamumbi opened in 1985 and we are delighted to be able to continually improve our facilities with the help of grants like this.”

The name Gamumbi means children in Gumbaynggirr, and the education program embraces traditional teaching and traditions.

With a current enrolment of 49 children per day the centre is at capacity and has a long waiting list.

The recent supercell storm caused damage to one room and to the skylights and work is underway to repair this damage as soon as possible.

Work on the bathroom renovations is expected to commence in March and will need to be carefully managed around the daily routines in place for the children.

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said, “I’m very pleased to announce the staff bathroom will be refurbished including additional storage, hot water connection to the shower, as well as replacement of a broken entry door with an access door.

“I congratulate the entire Gamumbi team on their successful funding application, I know their project will make a big difference at the centre.”

“This grassroots funding will directly help to bring about positive outcomes in our local community.”

 

BY David TUNE

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