Work has started on a new much-needed Out Of School Hours (OOSH) activity centre at Melrose Park Public School.

Melrose Park Primary School Principal Clare Kristensen, City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer, Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee and PAYCE Director Dominic Sullivan and students turn the first sod.

Member for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee and Lord Mayor for the City of Parramatta Cr Bob Dwyer turned the first sod today on the new facility, which will provide an extra 25 places for children requiring care before and after school.

Melrose Park Public School Principal Clare Kristensen said demand for places far exceeded what the current facilities could provide.

We have limitations on how many children we can accept in our present area. Not only will the new building be able to accept more children, after care staff will enjoy working in light filled spacious areas,” Ms Kristensen reported.

“Not only will it be a more expansive environment, but we will also be able to offer the children new activities, including cooking classes.’’

Melrose Park Public School Principal Clare Kristensen, City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer, Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee and PAYCE Director Dominic Sullivan turn the first sod.

The new OOSH building will include:

  • Wireless Access Points (WAP) for internet connectivity throughout the building · Four new air conditioning units
  • New electric cooktop, oven and dishwasher.
  • Instant Hot/Cold water system
  • New staff bathroom
  • Renovated student bathroom with stainless steel fixtures · Washroom facilities including washing machine and dryer
  • Sub-floor cladding to match existing building onsite.
  • New children baggage hooks
  • New lockable display boards

Melrose Park project developer PAYCE donated $200,000 towards the new OOSH, including a building from the nearby site.

Ms Kristensen said the school was grateful for the donation.

“The support from PAYCE has taken this project from the planning stage to getting a shovel in the ground,’’ she said.

She also thanked the school P & C, which she said had worked hard to bring the project to fruition. PAYCE Director Dominic Sullivan said the company was pleased to assist the school.

“We are committed to supporting the community grow, and this project will not only assist more children with quality care before and after school but provide peace of mind for working parents.’’

Work is due for completion by the end of Term 1.