An artist’s impression of the proposed new childcare centre at Stockland Rockhampton.
An artist’s impression of the proposed new childcare centre at Stockland Rockhampton.

Stockland building to be demolished for childcare centre

Construction of a new childcare centre is expected to begin next month at the Stockland Rockhampton site.

National franchise Green Leaves Early Learning has plans to build a centre at the former Colonial Mart site, on Victoria Pl, near Mandalay Medical Centre.

The stand-alone building, which has six retail spaces, would be demolished to make way for the new childcare centre.

The facility would include a 822sqm building, various outdoor play areas and a 31-space car park.

Tenders for the construction of the facility have just been released and are expected to finalised next month.

The scope of work includes demolition of the existing Colonial Mart building and 70 per cent of the car park, bulk earthworks, carpark rebuild, new services connections, new childcare building and services, fit out, joinery, playground equipment and landscaping.

The facility would cater for up to 100 children from six weeks to six years and employ 18 full-time staff.

The new childcare centre will provide all meals prepared by an in-centre chef, incursions, excursions, nappies and linens.

It will also feature a welcoming parent hub with a barista for parents to pick up complimentary coffee and baked treats each day, and socialise with other parents or educators

Elysia Billingham, centre manager at Stockland Rockhampton, said: "We're pleased to welcome such an excellent and reputable service to Stockland Rockhampton.

"Green Leaves Early Learning further diversifies our retail offering and allows the community to enjoy a state-of-the-art childcare facility and shopping centre all in one convenient location.

"It also shows our commitment to reflecting and responding to what our customers want and need, and creating a town centre that's curated to the community."

Green Leaves Early Learning has 40 centres across Australia, with centres in Gladstone and Mackay.

The centre is planned to be open by early 2022.

The Morning Bulletin reported last week TK Maxx and Time Zone would be opening in Stockland Rockhampton, to replace H&M when it vacates next month.

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