The most recent Australian census shows 6.1 per cent of Bangalow’s population is aged between zero and four years.
That means 122 children from the immediate locality are vying for the 74 places available each day at the local preschool.
Bangalow Community Children’s Centre director Kerry Valensteen says it’s clear the numbers don’t add up.
‘Demand for places at the centre outstrips supply and we have a long waiting list,’ she said.
The answer to the conundrum is already set out on architectural plans that are ready to be built as soon as the centre can raise the capital.
A new building will create an extra 80 childcare places each week.
To realise the dream, the centre and its parent volunteers are currently putting their efforts into this year’s fundraiser, Casino Royale.
Everyone is invited to dust off their cocktail attire and sharpen up their poker faces for the adults-only night out.
The event is being held at the Bangalow A & I Hall. It will feature the opening of the children’s art exhibition and art auction, gourmet catering, casino tables and cocktail bar.
The following morning the children’s art will be on show at the A & I Hall from 9am to 1pm along with a sausage sizzle and cake stall.
Casino Royale is on October 19 from 7pm until midnight. Tickets are $60 from the preschool on 66871 522 or eventbrite.com.au.