$1.5 million, 150-place childcare centre proposed for Beechworth Road, Wodonga

Beechworth Road childcare
Beechworth Road childcare

A 150-place childcare centre has been proposed for central Wodonga.

Plans for the $1.5 million project have been submitted with Wodonga Council by Melbourne-based husband and wife team, Sam Alame and Emily Zhang, who already have approval to build another childcare centre in Baranduda.

The couple plans to demolish two recently purchased homes on the Beechworth Road site just south of the Brockley Street roundabout.

Mr Alame and his wife were both early years teachers before branching out into developing and operating their own childcare centres.

They have built a 100-place centre at Ararat and another similar sized centre is due to open at Ballarat early next year.

Ms Zhang’s company, Village Early Education, will operate the proposed Wodonga centre.

“She is very passionate about giving good quality service,” Mr Alame said.

“We’ve really tried to pay homage to the street character and also included some modern elements.

“We’ve tried to create our own standard and because it is something we are really passionate about.”

Subject to council approval, Mr Alame hoped construction could start early in 2018 and completion in the second half of the year.

“There are things we’ve done to make sure we don’t get held up,” he said.

“We’ve created a carpark larger than what is actually required.”

Features of the proposed centre include a total floor area of 1146 square metres, combined playground area of 1082 square metres and 33 carparking spaces.

Staff facilities include a staff room, reception, office, parents’ room, kitchen and laundry.

The proposed opening hours are 6.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday.

The planning application states: “The proposed childcare centre development comprises a childcare centre for up to 152 children in a single storey building with associated parking, children’s playground, paved access, fencing and landscaping.

“This design incorporates the surrounding neighbouring character and contemporary architectural features to help create visual interest to passing traffic, facility staff, children, parents and adjoining residences within the community.”

It will be located near Wodonga Primary School and Middle Years College.