Bunnings Warehouse Port Macquarie is officially open.
The $43 million store on John Oxley Drive opened on March 4.
The hybrid store is over 18,000 square metres in size and boasts a trade centre.
Other features include a six lane timber trade drive through, children's playground, cafe, 18 kitchen displays, 10 bathroom displays and a tool shop roughly triple in size compared to the former Lake Road site.
Port Macquarie's champion paralympian and wheelchair rugby captain Ryley Batt was the guest.
He was joined by complex manager Jacob Andriessen and Bunnings' general manager commercial Rod Caust.
About 200 people attended the event, Mr Andriessen said.
"To have Ryley onboard for the morning was also really nice.
"We also invited some of our community groups, including the Camden Haven Sea Scouts and the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital here too.
"Importantly for us, it was extremely pleasing to have the Mid North Coast Local Health District with us," he said.
"We have been working with the Port Macquarie Base Hospital over the last 12 months to help them in various areas."
Bunnings have been responsible for updating the hospital's outdoor area as well as several other projects.
Mid North Coast Local Health District's corporate relations coordinator Sharon Fuller thanked the Bunnings staff for their community work at the hospital.
"Thank you for your support of the hospital's Paediatric Unit, a 15-bed inpatient unit that provides medical, surgical and mental health services to youngsters from throughout the Camden Haven, Hastings and Macleay valleys," Mrs Fuller said.
We have been working with the Port Macquarie Base Hospital over the last 12 months to help them in various areas.Jacob Andriessen
"The unit has a wonderful paediatric team, which includes Dr David McDonald and an awesome team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
"The team cares for youngsters from two weeks of age to 16 years, treating everything from broken arms to respiratory tract infections to chronic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis.
"It is the only inpatient unit for children in the Hastings Macleay region.
"Most of our patients are not in hospital for long, but while they are there, we do our best to make sure they are active and entertained, and many of these activities take place in a large outdoor terrace or indoor playground.
"And this is where our partners and supporters help. Bunnings has, for some years, been a regular visitor to the Paediatric Unit in December, delivering Christmas lights and presents, with a little help from Santa.
"Last year, however, Bunnings Port Macquarie decided to do something very special for our patients by bringing some of their home handyman expertise to the outdoor terrace play area.
"The warehouse’s activities organiser Libby Coombes had this well-drilled team scrubbing, digging, planting, painting and spring cleaning until the paediatric play area had been transformed into something bright and shiny."
The playground is just one of several community projects taken on by Bunnings last year, Mrs Fuller said.
Other projects included a working bee at Port Macquarie’s world-renown Koala Hospital where the team gave the retail space and education centre a makeover, painting walls and sorting donation tables and storage, and the Camden Haven Scout and Guide Hall, which the team painted and cleaned before moving onto the hall’s deck and then revamping the front garden.
Bunnings Warehouse Port Macquarie will continue to provide ongoing support to community groups to raise funds for a variety of causes by hosting the famous Bunnings sausage sizzles.
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