Minister Ray Williams’ inaugural visit to SDN Beranga
On Tuesday 29 August SDN Children’s Services welcomed the Hon. Ray Williams MP, Minister for Disability Services, for his first visit to SDN Beranga, SDN's autism-specific child care centre located at Rooty Hill.
The Minister visited SDN Beranga as part of a refurbishment of the garden thanks to Bunnings Warehouse at Blacktown. Bunnings Warehouse State Activities Coordinator Wallace Dobson and Bunnings Warehouse Blacktown Activities Organiser Kylie Hazeltine were onsite working with children at the centre to build and plant a vertical herb garden, refurbish the centre’s existing vegetable garden and set up a worm farm. All materials for the garden project were generously donated by Bunnings Warehouse Blacktown. Also in attendance was Family and Community Services Senior Commissioning and Planning Officer Mike Brimfield.
SDN Beranga was purpose-built thanks to funding from the NSW Government, so the visit was a great opportunity for Minister Williams to tour the centre and meet SDN staff and children, and supporters from the local business community.
“It was a pleasure to join children and staff at SDN Beranga to see the refurbished garden and plant a tree. The staff and local community are very passionate about supporting the 27 children and families who access the Centre each day and benefit from its supports. The NSW Government is proud to support the organisation and I look forward to receiving updates on the progress of the garden” said Minister Williams.
SDN's CEO Kay Turner said “Since SDN first opened SDN Beranga in 2013 we’ve helped 193 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to move into mainstream services or to school. The support of businesses such as Bunnings Blacktown helps us to continue to improve the centre for the children and give them a fun, safe environment to play and learn.”
SDN Beranga is a purpose built, specialised centre in Rooty Hill that offers early childhood education and child care for 27 children aged up to 6 years who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).