A new childcare facility for up to 122 children is being proposed for a vacant block near Kippax.
This block is located adjacent to Southern Cross Drive and accessible from Hardwick Crescent. Instead of building a facility near busy roads, perhaps the old Higgins school site, next to the Higgins oval, would be more suitable?
The Higgins site would have less traffic and air pollution for young children. And while it would be good to have a new childcare facility in the Kippax area, I’d prefer it to be built at the Higgins site, which is up for development right now.
Why? For one, the Higgins site could have a pool-gym combination and medical-radiology-dental centre next to the childcare centre.We could have a mix of CISAC and the Ginninderra Medical Centre in Higgins, as well as a pool, gym and medical facilities.
This would also save traffic from West Belconnen to Belconnen and help non driving locals, plus it’d help all the school kids at KSS with swimming. In addition, if Riverview is built, then its 30,000 residents could use the facilities at Higgins.
The hub might also reinvigorate the Higgins local shops. Would you like the Higgins shops to be more dynamic? Some busy and useful community buildings at the former Higgins school site would go a long way to supporting local retailers.
We could call the site the “Brindabella Community Hub” or something referencing the Brindabellas, a feature of West Belconnen. We do need a services centre for the community, with maximum services possible, and we could have it link in with Higgins shops, with a rain protected walkway. Link the Higgins shops and a Higgins community hub together, so residents in Higgins and in West Belconnen can get the maximum services possible.
It will save an enormous amount of traffic going to Belconnen from West Belconnen, and it would make Higgins and Kippax a focal point of West Belconnen, with KSS school in the middle of all those services.
And when a childcare centre is built, build it next to a green grass oval, not close to a busy road. We could have other pieces of infrastructure built where they want to build a childcare centre at Kippax, next to a busy road, but why a childcare centre?
What do you think?