Planned childcare centre could boost Warwick business
A NEW childcare centre and convenience shops could be on the cards for south Warwick, creating more than 30 more jobs for the region.
Project manager Nicola Beggs said she identified a need for a childcare centre on the southern side of town where future urban expansion was forecast.
"We aim to provide a convenience centre for Cinema Heights, Rosenthal Heights to the western side of the New England Highway and the new Sovereign Downs Estate," she said.
"We also felt the proposed site is also strategically positioned to provide a childcare facility and services to employees of the industrial estate as well as a convenience centre to cater for larger events at Morgan Park."
The 10,000sq m block on the corner of Bracker and Homestead Rds was purchased by N B Beggs Pty Ltd with the intent to provide services to south Warwick, and the proposal was lodged with the council in August.
Even though Miss Beggs hopes to provide conveniences on the southern side of Warwick, she said she did not want to detract business from the CBD.
"We believe that it is crucial the centre of Warwick remains the business centre of town and we don't fragment the CBD with large-scale shopping centres," she said.
"But we feel to enable the city to expand, residents need small-scale neighbourhood centres which provide them with these services.
"We have received interest from a number of individuals.
"We envisage the type of tenancies in this centre to be a small-scale convenience shop that caters for more emergency purchases such as bread and milk, a bakery, a takeaway, a real estate and other small service-oriented businesses."
Miss Beggs said they already had people interested in being a tenant, including a café, real estate office, bakery and a hairdresser.
"I would be interested in talking to local business people who may be interested in tenancies," Miss Beggs said.
"Especially if complimentary to existing local businesses as secondary outlets.
"We have also spoken with a franchise group regarding the convenience shop."
The proposed childcare centre site is about 2190sq m which includes 15 car parks and indoor and outdoor play areas. The childcare centre would be large enough to cater for 70-plus children.
"If you live on the southern side of town you have to drive into Warwick for childcare, so I do believe that there are enough families in this catchment area that would benefit from a centre," she said.
Miss Beggs said they had an interested party who specialises in this type of development and would be interested in purchasing the portion of land if approved.
Southern Downs Regional Councillor Neil Meiklejohn said the development application was waiting for an information request to be submitted.
"With particular emphasis this time on a request from the Department of Transport and Main Roads," Cr Meiklejohn said. "The application won't be further considered until that information request is responded to by Nicola and her consultants.
"I know they are continuing to work on preparation of that information. Consequently there is no approval at this time."
Cr Meiklejohn said he was excited about the development.
"Personally I think there is excellent potential for the development in that area which is largely unserviced by retail and not even a basic local convenience store," he said.
"It is also fantastic to know local business people like Nicola are willing and able to invest locally in our community."
Miss Beggs is unable to estimate the cost of this development as it is still in the preliminary plan stages.
Adam Colrain of RPMS regional consulting engineers has also been appointed to assist with the project.
Miss Beggs hopes if planning were approved, construction would take place within the next 12 months.
"We would look at building methods such as tilt slab to keep the construction time to a minimum," she said.