Plans Unveiled for Major Childcare Centre and Cafe in Strathpine

Plans have been submitted for a new 115-place childcare centre and adjoining food and drink outlet in Strathpine.

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Counting House Investments Pty Ltd lodged the proposal to develop the properties at 446 Gympie Road and 89-91 Railway Avenue.

The single-storey childcare centre would feature seven childminding rooms cared for by 20 full-time staff. The childcare centre would also have 825 sqm of outdoor play areas. 

Artist’s impression of proposed childcare centre in Strathpine (Photo credit: Raunik Design Group)

Designed by Raunik Design Group, the layout aims to be functional, compliant and meet community needs. The architectural design intends to contribute positively to the streetscape.

Childcare centre
Site plan (Photo credit: Raunik Design Group) 

“The proposed uses have been co-located and are intended to provide a highly accessible child-minding and convenience service that complements the existing ‘centre activities’ and residential uses that exist in the immediate local area,” planners noted in the development application. 

Meanwhile, the attached cafe would provide seating and a pedestrian awning facing Gympie Road.

There would be 15 parking spaces provided, whilst the proposed design places strong emphasis on linking the childcare centre and cafe to pedestrian access ways. 

Clear connections to surrounding footpaths aim to allow safe, permeable movement between Gympie Road, Railway Avenue, the parking area, and the entrance. Planners said an “active frontage” facing Gympie Road provides clear sightlines between the street and the interior space.

Childcare centre
Photo credit: Raunik Design Group

“The Gympie Road frontage has been designed to feature a high-set parapet façade that has been specifically included to give the effect of a second building storey to align with the intent of the Centre zone code (Strathpine centre precinct),” planners stated. 

The properties are strategically located within Strathpine’s centre precinct near other services. The surrounding area features a mix of commercial and light industrial uses, with low-density residential further west. Bray Park train station is 400m north on Railway Avenue.

The development aims to provide an accessible, modern and well-designed childcare and cafe facility to aid the local community.

The site currently holds a single-storey commercial building and parking lot set back on Railway Ave. The adjacent property at 89-91 Railway Avenue stands vacant. The existing structures are slated for demolition to make way for the new childcare centre and cafe. 

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If approved, the childcare centre would be open 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on weekdays whilst the food and drink outlet would operate seven days a week from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Published 8-December-2023 

New 8-Storey Residential Development May Soon Rise on Gympie Road

An 84-unit, 8-storey residential complex with ground floor retail tenancies has been proposed for development on Gympie Road in Strathpine.

The proposed development will sit on a block of land located at 250 Gympie Road in Strathpine. The building will contain 84 two-bedroom units at eight stories high with food and drink outlet tenancies and short-term accommodation. 

artist impression New 8-Storey Residential Development on Gympie Road
Photo Credit: Moreton Bay Regional Council /

The architectural plans by Design Vibe provide two retail tenancies on the ground floor incorporated with existing and new car parking spaces. Level 2 will have two communal open spaces and a swimming pool whilst some units will be provided with either a private open space or a balcony and a study.

artist impression New 8-Storey Residential Development on Gympie Road
Photo Credit: Moreton Bay Regional Council /

“The proposal reflects the prominence of Strathpine as a higher order centre through a mix of land uses and higher density of development. The proposal capitalises on the site’s access to public transport and services, and in turn, contributes to the services offered by the precinct through the inclusion of non-residential uses.”

artist impression New 8-Storey Residential Development on Gympie Road
Photo Credit: Moreton Bay Regional Council /

Site plan
Site plan | Photo Credit: Moreton Bay Regional Council /
Ground floor plan
Ground floor plan | Photo Credit: Moreton Bay Regional Council /
Level 1 floor plan
Level 1 floor plan | Photo Credit: Moreton Bay Regional Council /
Level 2 floor plan
Level 2 floor plan | Photo Credit: Moreton Bay Regional Council /
Level 3 floor plan
Level 3 floor plan | Photo Credit: Moreton Bay Regional Council /

The proposed mixed-use development at a glance:

  • Site Area = 3,210sqm
  • Site Cover Level 1 = 2,342.9sqm
  • Site Cover Typical Floor = 1,364sqm
  • Total Use Area Tenancy 1 = 302.9sqm
  • Total Use Area Tenancy 2 = 96.9sqm
  • Total Beds = 168
  • Number of beds per unit on each level (Levels 2 to 8) = 2
  • Total Units = 84
  • Number of units on each level (Levels 2 to 8) = 12
  • Car Parking = 108
  • Bicycle Parking = 50

Pine Rivers Art Gallery Hosting Free Dinosaurs and Dragons Activity for Kids

The magic of dinosaurs and dragons have always fascinated young children’s imaginations. To parents who’d like to sustain their child’s interest, Pine Rivers Art Gallery on Gympie Road, Strathpine is hosting this FREE fun-filled dinosaurs- and dragons-themed activity for two days this January.

Studies have shown that children who have a keen interest in dinosaurs and dragons develop higher intelligence in their formative years. Unfortunately, researchers also discovered that this obsession for prehistoric and folklore animals slowly diminish by the time the kids start formal school.

To foster this interest, Pine Rivers Art Gallery will be hosting the dinosaurs and dragons activity at these dates and times:

13 Jan 2020 
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
14 Jan 2020
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Photo Credit: Google Maps

Suitable for four years old and above, the dinosaurs and dragons children’s activity is a self-paced recreation and learning experience. Here, children can colour, construct and create dinosaur and dragon forms and images to spark their imagination and improve their motor skills. 

It’s recommended that parents or carers allow the children to immerse themselves in the activities for a full hour. Usually, however, many families stay longer.

For further inquiries, phone Pine Rivers Art Gallery at (07) 3480 6941. 

Council Approves Strathpine Centre Major Overhaul for 2020

By the end of 2020, Strathpine locals will be able to enjoy an enhanced dining and entertainment hub as the Strathpine Centre in Gympie Road will undergo a major overhaul at the start of the year.

Moreton Bay Council has given the green light to revitalise the shopping centre after its owner, Swordfish Australian Sub TC, submitted a development application in June 2019. After receiving Council approval, the investment group confirmed that construction work will commence in early 2020.  

Strathpine Centre will have several dining areas, a ground floor tavern, an upgraded cinema, a childcare area, and a potential hotel. The design submitted to the Council also includes additional carparks and pedestrian connectivity at the northwest side by Gympie Road and Learmonth Street. 

Photo Credit: Strathpine Centre

The redevelopment will be undertaken in three stages.

  • The first stage will cover the ground floor eateries and retail stores. Strathpine Centre’s casual dining area will be stylised as an “Eat Street” section that will connect to the cinema and the future hotel. 
  • The second stage will consist of the car park upgrade, as well as the construction of an indoor recreational and play area for kids and adults. 
  • The last stage will be the childcare centre’s construction.

Swordfish Australian Sub TC aims to turn the facility into a high-end shopping and leisure precinct on par with the retail hubs in Queensland’s southeast. 

The news comes as the $75 million Super Retail Group office space with 600 employees across the street to Strathpine Centre is almost complete.