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ALEXIA.JOHNSTON

@alliedpress.co.nz

Omakau and Districts Playcentre has a new lease of life.

The playcentre, in Swindon St, Ophir, has been renovated and extended to meet the needs of young families within the community.

While the work was being done, the playcentre relocated to the Poolburn Hall.

Now, six months on, children and their families have been welcomed back to the original, but altered building.

It has more space and fit-for-purpose elements, including a room where babies could sleep.

Previously, the only space for them to do that was in the general area, while the older children played.

There is also now a specially designed kitchen space.

Previously, the centre only had a small kitchenette, which was crammed into an office space.

The centre also has toilets designed for young children, a laundry and shower.

To mark the occasion, the group will celebrate with a grand opening on Sunday between noon and 3pm.

Vice-president Amy Nicolson said the finished product was “amazing”.

“We’ve basically gutted all the inside of it. It’s bigger because we’ve put the extension on [for] the sleep room, office and kitchen.”

She welcomed the public to join in the celebrations, which would include a sausage sizzle and bouncy castle.

“We are very, very excited because it’s been such a massive community project.

“We’ve [had] so much support from within the community. We’re excited to be able to invite everyone and they can see what they’ve built,” she said.