Application for kindergarten gets approval

LIQOURLAND on See St will soon neighbour 50 children as Bargara man Allan Davison and partner Ellen receive approval for their new kindergarten, Clever Kids.

As reported by the NewsMail in October last year, the application was presented before the Bundaberg Regional Council and received final approval at a planning meeting of council yesterday.

But Mr Davison said he had been running a family day care facility from the See St property for two years prior to the approval of the new kindergarten.

"We've been running that from here for the last two years on the site, while we've been waiting for the approvals and everything to come through council," he said.

Mr Davison said he was not the owner of the See St property, but had a 10-year lease on the site and hoped to buy it in the future.

"They can't sell it while we've got it under the lease - that's how it works," he said.

With substantial works now approved for the property, Mr Davison said it would all be coming out of his pocket.

"It is a large financial gamble on our behalf but we're confident that the community wants it," Mr Davison said.

"We do hope to be in a position to actually buy the premises back from the people we're leasing it from, that's the long-term plan."

Mr Davison said running a kindergarten was a long-time goal for himself and partner Ellen.

"I've been an early primary school teacher for 20 years and my partner's been a pre-school teacher's aide for 10 years," he said.

"It's just something that we've always dreamed of and talked about.

"We're not in it to make a million dollars, otherwise we wouldn't be doing it."

A part of the council approval, the kindergarten would be rolled out over three stages, starting out with 22 children.

A total of 50 spaces would be available at the kindergarten upon completion of stage three.

Bargara divisional representative Greg Barnes spoke at the council planning meeting of the concerns over the kindergarten's location.

"When you actually look at the layout, the actual hotel is separated," Cr Barnes said.

"There is a degree of separation from the alcohol consumption and the play area."

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