Albury Council approves $1.5 million childcare centre on former RTA site

THE former Road Traffic Authority registry office in Albury will be demolished and the site transformed as a childcare centre.

Albury Council has granted development approval for the $1.5 million project which, when complete, will cater for more than 110 children.

The site was used as a motor vehicle registry office from 1977 to 2015 and owned by the NSW Government.

It failed to sell at auction, but sold later to an investment group for more than $800,000.

NSW Roads and Maritime Services relocated to a one-stop shop with other state government agencies within the Australian Taxation Offices building which opened two years ago.

The development application approved by council staff will enable existing buildings to be demolished and replaced by a single-storey childcare centre comprising reception, meeting room, office, kitchen, laundry, amenities, and children age-based function rooms linking to outdoor play spaces.

There will also be 27 carparks created on the site on the corner of Hume and Macauley streets.

Approved plans submitted by Blueprint Planning on behalf of the owners will also see 12 trees on the site removed, but a further 10 will be retained including as many as possible on the northern boundary to maintain existing privacy for the adjoining two-storey block of residential units.

The centre will be known as Kinfolk Early Learning with Tara Case, an occupational therapist and parent of four young children, to manage the facility in the role of a director.

It will operate as a sister entity to the “Explorers Early Learning” group of centres located in Melbourne.

"We believe this enables Kinfolk Early Learning to generate its own identity, unique to its rural location and the particular needs of its community, while benefiting from the experience and established success of its sister organisation," Ms Case said.

Demolition will commence shortly and the centre will be open in early 2018.

It was revealed in February that development group VEDT Management had proposed to build a $2.7 million Green Leaves childcare centre in Mate Street, at the former Haus of Meat site.