She's been one of many working for almost 10 years to get a childcare centre to Boggabri, and says the upcoming build is ' just fantastic'.
Catherine Collyer's patience and persistence have paid off, and says the flow-on effects of having the first child-care centre in town will benefit the not just families, but the wider community and region.
"I can't wait," she enthused.
"The benefits will be immense. It allows our community to have the facilities there for childcare, and allows and attracts families to come to Boggabri."
Idemitsu Coal Boggabri awarded the tender to Tamworth's Greg Bartlett Construction, with the six-month build expected to start in May.
The 397 square-metre building, on the corner of Brent and Oakham streets, will cater for children aged 0 to five and provide after-school care for students aged six to 12.
Easing the burden of local families having to travel to Narrabri and Gunnedah for child-care, it is also hoped to take pressure away from the centres in those towns to open up placements, which have been tight.
"Once you have extra people coming in, having a facility like this, the flow on benefits to businesses and the schools will be fantastic," Ms Collyer explained.
"I think it shows how a company can work with the community ... praise to Boggabri Coal - this shows what can be done when we all work together."
The build will be managed by the facility's designers Hill Lockhart Architects.
If the centre passes all regulatory approvals, it will be operated by Nurruby Children's Services, a community-based organisation, which operates children's services in Narrabri and Wee Waa.