Many Mudgee Preschoolers stepped foot onto the playground fort over the last three decades, and even though it's now gone, it's replacement has been met with enthusiastic approval.
The old fort was built in November 1990 for a cost of $10,919. And in a way it's still around, with sections repurposed such as the firefighters' pole and used to build a new chook pen.
But if there's a touch of familiarity about the new fort, that was very much on purpose - it couldn't just be a by-the-numbers, plastic playground. The slats hark back to its timber predecessor, there's another bridge and even the slide is in roughly the same place.
And it was built with future generations in mind, to keep with the Preschool's aim to be environmentally friendly, sustainable products were used in the construction and guttering was added so rain water can be collected.
Although the cost of replacing the fort was substantial and the Preschool gratefully acknowledged the funding provided by Moolarben and Wilpinjong mines, as investment that will be appreciated by hundreds of children in the years to come.
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