A new childcare centre offering at least 80 places will be built in Gungahlin following the ACT Government's sale of a block of land, Minister for Community Services Joy Burch said today.
Ms Burch said the Land Development Agency had this week sold the 3,505sqm corner block withfrontage to Anthony Rolfe Avenue and Hinder Street for $2.4 million to developer Kai Wen Developments Pty Ltd.
"Targeted land release for new childcare centres is part of the ACT Government's significant investment in childcare to support the sector to grow and to provide more childcare places for Canberra families," Ms Burch said.
In addition to the required childcare centre, the Gungahlin site allows for possible additional uses including residential dwellings, restaurants, shops or serviced apartments.
The Gungahlin sale follows the sale of a block in Holt earlier this month for a 125-place childcare centre to developer Temloc Pty Ltd for $685,000.
"The ACT Labor Government's childcare planning strategy has seen the number of childcare places grow by 94 per cent since 2001, with more than 8000 childcare places now offered to families across Canberra.
"In the past 12 months alone we have seen an increase of more than 500 childcare places, and an additional 500 places will come online in the next year. This will ensure i Canberra families continue to have more choice in their children's education and care, in areas most in demand."
The provision of more childcare places and the development of new centres is aligned with the ACT Education and Care Workforce Strategy 2012-2014 which predominantly supports the development of a highly skilled and professional education and care workforce.
"The Workforce Strategy was the culmination of years of working with the sector to address the workforce challenges the sector is facing, and the ACT Government will continue to work with the sector so the ACT continues to have the best standard of childcare in the country."
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