Mother Duck childcare heading to Providence
Okeland Communities has secured the final piece in the development of a major new education precinct at the Providence township in the Ripley Valley, with the sale of a key parcel of land to childcare operator Mother Duck.
The sale of the 2,500sqm site on Botany Drive, South Ripley, will provide the Providence and wider community with access to education facilities for children from early childhood to Year 12 in the one central location.
Separate primary and secondary schools are already under construction by the State Government on a site adjacent to the new childcare centre and due to be opened for new students in 2020.
The new Mother Duck centre, which was designed by Context Architects, will provide 180 spots at a state-of-the-art facility with eight separate classrooms spread over three levels. A Development Application has been submitted to Ipswich City Council with the new centre expected to open sometime in 2020.
Okeland Communities Project Manager Michael Khan said the site sale was a major milestone for the development of Providence.
“With more than 1,000 homes and families the Providence community is now approaching critical mass for a range of community services and infrastructure,” he said. “We are very pleased to be partnering with an exceptional operator like Mother Duck to ensure our families have access to high quality child care within the community.”
Mr Khan said the education precinct was the first stage of the development of a major new town centre that would include a health and wellbeing hub and extensive retail, convenience and entertainment facilities.
“Providence is the heart and soul of the Ripley Valley, Queensland’s fastest growing corridor, and we look forward to delivering a town centre that provides our community with everything they need to live their very best life.”
Th privately-owned Mother Duck Childcare (www.motherduck.com.au) was established in 1990 by Ros and Denis Hinton and currently has 12 centres around greater Brisbane. The new Ripley centre will be the first in the fast growing western growth corridor of Brisbane.
Mother Duck Chairman Denis Hinton said the company was excited to be part of the future of Providence.
“Mother Duck is all about delivering the best in play-based programs delivered by qualified, passionate educators who care about the development and success of every child,” he said. “We look forward to announcing further detail about the new centre over coming months.”
The completion of the masterplan for the education precinct follows the launch in February of a $3 million sport and recreation precinct with 4.5 hectares of playing fields, outdoor sporting equipment and shaded play areas for residents and sporting clubs.
Providence residents can already enjoy a host of facilities including the Forty West licenced café, the $3.4 million Splash’n’Play waterpark and adventure playground, and a range of parks and open space.