Benevolent Aged Care.
Benevolent Aged Care. Stephen J Vit

Care facilities for young and old take shape across Rocky

CARING for children and the elderly seem to be booming businesses in the region, if development applications considered by Rockhampton Regional Council yesterday are anything to go by.

In the planning and development committee, council gave conditional approval to an extension of Benevolent Aged Care and a new Frenchville childcare centre.

The childcare centre, with capacity for 100 children and 18 staff, is set to be built at the same complex as Goodlife Health Clubs and Little Zebra Childcare Centre in Robinson St.

The proposed development will include six activity areas, two external play areas and additional facilities, including laundry, bathrooms and kitchens.

An additional 79 car parks are expected to be added to the site.

During public consultation, which ran from March 3 to March 30, concerns were raised about traffic congestion, existing childcare centres and landscaping.

Capacity of existing centres in the area was also an issue raised by Councillor Drew Wickerson during the meeting.

A report submitted to council advised the surrounding centres were at full capacity, creating high demand for the service in Frenchville.

The report also concluded Robinson St was able to cope with the predicted increase in peak traffic.

Councillors voted in favour of approval.

Rockhampton can also expect to see major changes at Benevolent Aged Care, after the committee voted to approve a three-storey extension to the site.

Demolition of the existing Bill Power Building, accommodating 20 beds and two Dwelling Houses is proposed.

In their place will sit a new three-storey building with basement parking which is set to house 59 bedrooms with ensuite, kitchen and laundry facilities, administration and communal areas.

The approval includes a condition for landscaping to "soften" the building and "provide a positive outcome for the streetscape".

Both approvals are subject to conditions, with a final decision to be made at the full council meeting on May 24.

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