WORK has started on major extensions at the Oberon Children's Centre - and it's supporting local jobs.
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Member for Bathurst Paul Toole met with centre director Meredith Cox and local builder Jay Bailey from Bailey Constructions last Friday as heavy plant rolled onto the site.
It is expected the work will create six local jobs during the construction phase and make enough room for the centre to increase its capacity by 25 places.
Mr Toole said the extensions include two new childcare rooms, new amenities, storeroom, office space and landscaping.
According to Mr Bailey, who was born and bred in the district, the project means secure jobs for staff of his locally owned and operated business.
"In fact, my father built this centre, so it's fitting that we are back again to carry out these major extensions," he said.
"Our plan is to start work on the outside and then really get stuck into the build. We are aiming for completion by mid-year."
The $415,000 project has been made possible thanks to NSW Government funding.
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