The Buderim community has mixed feelings about whether a proposed child care centre is warranted on King St.
The Buderim community has mixed feelings about whether a proposed child care centre is warranted on King St.

Is a child care centre a good idea for this street?

THE Buderim community has mixed feelings about whether a proposed child care centre is warranted on King St.

Some residents are concerned about increased traffic and parking problems, while others have expressed relief following a former approval for 54 units on the same site.

The proposed centre would accommodate 142 children and 18 staff in a centre with nine internal and four external play areas.

Access to the 47-space car park would be off King St, and some residents are worried the centre could cause increased congestion.

"Access from Box St (on to King St) is extremely dangerous as it stands," Ure Crt resident Charles Simpson said.

"There are three ways to look coming out. We've come close to having accidents."

But residents near the King St property say they are relieved the land could be used for a child care centre.

"Originally, they planned to have unit blocks there, so this is better than that," Phoenix on Buderim resident Warwick Palframan said.

"It's not really an issue, and I suppose it'll only be daytime noise."

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Another Phoenix on Buderim resident, Liz Berquier, said she had bought her apartment for the view six years ago.

She said she was not too bothered by the proposal. "I'm quite happy as long as it doesn't block my view," she said.

The proposal's Traffic Assessment Report states two eastbound and five westbound on-street car parks would have to be removed to ensure that entry and exit into the centre's driveway was safe.

"We've only got one garage and we're a three-car family ... so car parking is going to be more of an issue," Phoenix on Buderim resident Lisa Oliver said.

Development project manager Mark MacLeod said the child care centre would have much less of an impact on traffic and parking than the former approved three-storey unit development.

"The former approval for 54 units could potentially be built on site, but we think the demand is there for a child care centre," he said.

"It's a great site and there are enough unit blocks around the place as it is."

Mr MacLeod said the centre was needed.

"Buderim has a shortage of childcare. Existing centres have waiting lists for their services," he said.

"Spots for babies and toddlers are the hardest to find. Mums-to-be are adding their names to waiting lists as soon as possible."

The centre, proposed by Capers Childcare group, would cater for children from babies to school age.

Mr MacLeod said the old Queenslander-style building on site would be incorporated into the design.


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