Childcare Centre construction to begin

Construction to begin on 136-place childcare centre
in first stage of new village hub at Waterlea

Construction is set to begin on a 136-place state-of-the-art childcare centre as the first stage of an exciting new Village Hub in the heart of Waterlea at Walloon, west of Ipswich.

The new hub, also incorporating a market hall for convenience shopping, a cafe and information centre on Parkland Drive, will be located at the entrance to the thriving family-friendly community.


With construction to be managed by SP Partners on behalf of developer Wild Mint Properties, the new facilities add to the rapidly growing list of conveniences for the residents of Waterlea including recent approval for a new service station in the nearby Walloon Town Centre.

Waterlea Development Manager James Betts said Waterlea was committed to providing key infrastructure within walking distance of all homes, with the much-anticipated village hub a major milestone.

“We are thrilled to see the hub coming to life as part of the high-quality facilities we are creating at Waterlea, benefitting not only our residents but the wider Walloon community,’’ Mr Betts said.

“The childcare centre will make working life easier for mums and dads and provide future generations with a great start in life, while the market hall and cafe will become a feature of daily life in our well connected community.

“Wild Mint Properties have a strong track record of delivering quality retail and commercial infrastructure in south-east Queensland and we are pleased to welcome them to Waterlea.’’

SP Partners Development Manager Michael Cross said the purpose-built childcare centre would occupy a 3,022 square metre site, with construction to start within weeks.

“We are excited to be part of the future at Waterlea in such a prime location, within walking distance of the Walloon Town Centre, the Walloon State School and train station,’’ Mr Cross said.

“We believe the new facilities will be a boon to the area, and help meet the needs of the 1,800 families who will ultimately call Waterlea home along with the more than 7,000 personnel of the nearby Amberley RAAF base.’’

Waterlea is the largest masterplanned community in the future urban Walloon-Thagoona development area, identified by Ipswich City Council with potential future population growth of 42,000 people.

Close to shops, schools, employment, the Ipswich Hospital and the Walloon train station,  Waterlea will eventually provide homes for around 5,000 people. It will also feature five parks and 2.4 kilometres of walking and cycling paths.

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