In September 1978 a small group of women celebrated the opening of Mundaring Sharing in the “Old School Master’s House” in the grounds of the original Mundaring School, located in Nichol Street and now demolished.
As membership grew, new premises were found at a house in Jacoby Street, Mundaring.
In 1988 Mundaring Sharing moved to its current home, Craigie House. During the first few years at Craigie House the Crèche was housed in a small, one room cottage, next to where the Art Shed is currently located. In the early 1990’s a five year plan was drawn up. The plan included demolishing the old crèche to be replaced by what is now the Little Possums Centre. A sub-committee was formed, which, after negotiating with Shire of Mundaring, agreed to include an occasional care facility in exchange for a $50,000 grant. Lotteries Commission (as it was known then) equalled this amount. The “House” then contributed the shortfall of $25,000. Volunteers put in the lawn, gardens, reticulation and sandpit. The building opened in November 1995.
Membership was on the increase, prompting the demand for extra class space. It was agreed a “Wet Area” was needed. The problem was, where to put it? With the old crèche gone, it was decided there was just enough room for it there. A long and hard battle to get planning permission followed, and with a lot persistence and perseverance the building was completed in 2002.
2008 saw us celebrate 30 years of learning and sharing. Many events were held throughout the year including an open week, garden party, painting of a mural, unveiling of a mosaic commemorative bird bath.
Disability access in 2009 around the centre saw great improvements. Outside the house, paths and ramps were laid to the front entrance. The old front wooden verandah was removed and replaced with concrete. Our long entrance ramp from the carpark had a railing fitted. Inside the house, doors were widened and ramps added where we had steps. Also internal power points were raised to 1m off the floor. All this was carried out by the Shire of Mundaring via Federal Government funding.
Our old kitchen had a major upgrade in 2009. Essentially the kitchen was ‘gutted’ – the project include new cupboards / storage / benches, a new large oven, double door fridge and double sink and new floor coverings. Finally a new kitchen table & coat of paint finished the project off. All this was possible thanks to grant funding.
2012 saw the expansion of Little Possum’s Childcare to include a new pre-kindy building.
Media release: Joint statement from Mundaring Sharing Inc. & Little Possums Daycare Inc.
23 Jan 2019 Little Possums Statement