Community & Business

29 October, 2022

Need drives plan to expand centre

NEW facilities are being proposed for an existing childcare centre in Mareeba, with the application noting there was a growing need for more childcare places in the town, with the current facility often operating at maximum capacity.

Need drives plan to expand centre - feature photo

Kelly Developments has put forward the proposal to Mareeba Shire Council to extend the Kids Campus facilities located at 67 Constance Street and 2-6 Hastie Street.

“The proposed extensions will help to facilitate an increase in capacity to meet the growing community need with the current facility often at 100 per cent and wait lists for certain times and age groups,” the application stated.

“The proposed project would involve demolishing all but one of the existing buildings and structures currently located on Lot 2 (Constance Street site) and furthermore construct an entirely new childcare centre.

“This new childcare centre will cater for 109 kids and 30 staff.

“No improvements have been proposed for existing buildings/structures located on Lot 10 (Hastie Street site) which currently has approval to cater for 44 kindy and 50 out of school care children.”

The proposed new childcare centre will primarily cater for children ranging from newborns to pre-kindy and will be a one-storey structure and provide for separate areas within the centre dedicated to separate age groups including one area for babies, two pre-kindy areas, and three toddler areas.

Some of the designated areas will also include their own toilet facilities, as well as shared preparation and store rooms. Additionally, the design includes a kitchen, laundry, meeting rooms/offices, as well as areas that can be used as creative spaces and/or multipurpose uses.

“It is intended that the additional areas incorporated into the final design will be used by visiting medical practitioners or specialist and allied health services to complement the overall education and wellbeing services provided,” the development application stated.


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