Wednesday, 27 May 2020 Sydney

Sale paves way for inner-city childcare and sport::

The sale of a disused depot in Ultimo will help deliver a new childcare centre and multi-use indoor recreational centre for the local community under plans proposed by the City of Sydney.

Subject to development consent, the purchaser of the 12,000sqm property at 14–26 Wattle Street would be required to build an 80-place childcare centre and a multi-use two-court indoor recreational centre on the site. The developer would transfer stratum ownership of the public facilities back to the City, allowing for important services to be delivered for the local community.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said selling the unused inner-city land would help create much-needed childcare and multi-purpose sport facilities for the area’s growing population.

“This area is facing a shortfall in early learning facilities and strong demand for multi-use, indoor sports facilities,” the Lord Mayor said.

“This proposal to sell off land surplus to requirements will help respond to the growing recreation and daycare needs generated by high-density residential developments and the expanding Ultimo Public School.

“These new facilities will help meet growing demand and are designed to work within parking and traffic in the area.”

The site was previously proposed as the location for a new Ultimo Public School and childcare centre, but the NSW Department of Education advised the City in 2015 it would not proceed with the purchase.

The City’s Open Space, Sport and Recreation Needs Study, adopted in late 2016, recommended more in-door multi-purpose courts for inner-city areas, including Pyrmont.

The City has a long-term commitment to childcare and directly operates one long day care centre, one occasional care centre, two preschools and six out-of-school-hours care programs. The City owns and leases an additional 20 childcare centres to the not-for-profit and commercial sectors.

The depot site has been assessed as able to accommodate the proposed new local facilities without substantially impacting redevelopment options. Net proceeds from the sale would go towards funding the City’s $1.7 billion 10-year capital works program.