Vacant block set for childcare growth

Land adjoining Balaklava Community Children’s Centre will be leased by Department of Education and Children’s Services (DECS).
Wakefield Regional Council purchased a property at 3 Humphrey Street, to allow for future growth of the children’s centre.
With this in mind, council negotiated with DECS to develop a non-commercial lease of the block, where the house has now been demolished and cleared.
DECS recently contacted council with a three year lease agreement beginning last July, with right of renewal for a further two years, for a lease of $1.10 per year.
If council decides to sell the property, DECS will have first right of purchase. DECS is also responsible for maintenance and any improvements. Council is now encouraging the centre to adopt a business plan.
When asked by councillors if the ‘superschool’ proposal being discussed would mean the land may no longer be needed in the future, council chief executive officer, Phil Barry, said he had received advice to progress the lease because any superschool was still many years away.
And if it is eventually no longer required, it is located in an area identified in the Balaklava 20/20 masterplan for town centre expansion.