St Luke’s Anglican Church in Tarragindi has submitted plans to redevelop its property on Ekibin Road East to include a new childcare and community centre to be built around the church.
The site has an existing community hall which will be refurbished as the parish office whilst a two-storey building will be added to the spacious property for the childcare and community centre. Additional refurbishments have also been proposed for the existing church to include a new deck and awning.
Currently, the Theatre Society uses the community centre, which has a full stage, professional sound, and lighting facility. The area can seat 90 people or 200 for cocktail events. On some occasions, martial arts and dance classes are conducted at the centre as well. There is a small kitchen for meal preparations during events.
As St Luke’s Anglican Church is near a residential area, mitigation measures like acoustic fencing will also be adopted to minimise the community centre’s impact on its neighbours. A total of 98 kids are expected to be accommodated at the childcare centre, if the plans are approved.
The plans also include outdoor and undercover play areas for the children, while there will be provisions for 32 car parking spaces for the staff and the parents.
“The development will provide a variety of activity rooms, preparation rooms, sleep rooms, dining room, kitchen, library and generous outdoor play space,” the project planners, Town Planning Alliance, indicated in the development application (DA A005759707).
“The upper level of the Childcare centre will be utilised as an ancillary hall space for the existing church. The proposed design has undergone considerable planning to ensure the built form is consistent and compatible with the surrounding locality.”
Proposed in June 2021, this development will not undergo public notification but one resident has submitted an objection via the development application, citing that the location will not be safe for children.
“Usually with child care facility the parent has to park the car and walk the child inside to a safe area behind a fence. The car parking area looks like it will be busy with cars turning and reversing and so not safe for children,” the resident said.
Council is still assessing the application.