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Traffic issues raised for proposed Broadford childcare centre

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Jordyn Grubisic
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A new childcare centre has been proposed at 19 High Street, Broadford however, some questions have been raised regarding traffic management.

The childcare centre will provide entry and exit accessways through 16 Gavan Street, Broadford with 20 on-site parking spaces proposed.

There will be one accessible space and four bicycle spaces for staff and students.

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The development will have five classrooms with a capacity of 92 children primarily aged zero to three years old.

A total of 20 staff and one chef are to be employed with shifts likely to be ‘staggered’ so not all staff would be on-site during the morning drop-off period, or during the afternoon pick-up period.

The hours of proposed operation are Monday to Friday, 6am to 7pm, and it will not function on weekends.

The driveway is about 6.4 metres wide accommodating two-way passenger vehicle flows.

Additionally, a separate pedestrian footpath has been proposed providing access to the childcare centre allowing visitors and other patrons to enter and exit the premises in a safe and secure manner.

However, some concerns have been raised about the development regarding traffic management particularly with buses using that section of Gavan Street to turn into White Street to access Broadford Secondary College.

Mitchell Shire Council chief executive Brett Luxford said the development application was under consideration.

“Mitchell Shire is experiencing significant growth and the demand for essential services, particularly childcare, has shown notable increase,” he said.

“We are actively fielding numerous inquiries regarding the expansion of childcare facilities across the shire. Childcare is already in high demand and will continue to increase as population grows.

“Council will consider a range of factors including traffic management, pedestrian safety and any submissions opposing the proposed development when making a decision.

“No development will commence until a decision is made by council.”

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