Sisters of Mercy Convent Site Transformation into New Childcare Centre Commences

The transformation of the former site of the Sisters of Mercy Convent has begun. The development will deliver a new childcare centre set within the $180-million, master-planned Greville community.

Situated on Morris Street in Wooloowin, the 110-year-old convent building is set to be transformed into a 110-place childcare centre. An additional wing, single storey in height, will be constructed at the rear of the building where children’s play areas will be provided predominantly on its ground level, as well as between the building and the car park area.

Car parking that can accommodate 22 cars will be provided within the site’s front setback whilst access to the building will be provided from Morris Street and the car park.

Works at the site will also include changes to landscaping, new fencing, and clearing of vegetation.

Sisters of Mercy Convent Site Transformation into New Childcare Centre Commences
Aerial perspective of childcare development at the former Sisters of Mercy Convent Site | Photo credit:  Brisbane City Council /

The development will sit next to the Holy Cross Catholic Parish Church and Holy Cross Catholic Primary School. It is situated within the 3.688 ha site– previously owned by the Catholic Sisters of Mercy–where Cedar Woods plans to establish a housing community comprising 280 homes and a 4,000 sqm public park.

After acquiring the larger site Sisters of Mercy in 2015, Cedar Woods sold the 2,559 sqm portion of the site where the convent sits to De Luc Corporation in 2020 for $3.2 million..Cedar Woods said that off-loading the site would allow the company to focus on its integrated housing development.

The proposed hours of operation for the childcare centre will be 7 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday.

Published 12-February-2023

Former Sisters of Mercy Convent in Wooloowin Designated for Childcare Centre Development

A portion of the historic Sisters of Mercy site in Wooloowin has been designated for development as a childcare centre. Changes could be made to the structure of the former convent.

Located on Morris Street, developer De Luca Corporation Pty Ltd detailed plans to build the facility that will accommodate 110 children via DA A005776689, lodged with Brisbane City Council on 16 July 2021.

The development is in line with Cedar Woods’ townhouse project, dubbed Greville Wooloowin, in the same Sisters of Mercy site covering sections of Bridge, Chalk and Merehaye Streets. 

De Luca Corporation Pty Ltd said that it’s negotiating to buy the convent’s land for the childcare centre from Dunland Property Pty Ltd, which owns Cedar Woods. The facility will stand next to the aged care accommodations. 


  • De Luca Corporation Pty Ltd plans to build a childcare centre in a section of the Sisters of Mercy site in Wooloowin.
  • The developer intends to buy the land where the convent stands from Dunland Property Pty Ltd, the owner of Cedar Woods, which bought the Sisters of Mercy site in 2015 for residential development.
  • Some changes to the convent’s structure will be undertaken if the development application receives approval. 

The former Sisters of Mercy property is a Local Heritage Place which was sold to Dunland Property Pty Ltd. in 2015. The convent has been empty since the purchase with the doors and windows boarded up to prevent trespassers. 

In 2017, Council approved plans for the redevelopment of the sprawling Sisters of Mercy site as an aged care and residential facility. Greville Wooloowin has begun its first stage of civil works this year, where some of the townhouses have been pre-sold.  

Photo Credit: Development Application/BCC
Photo Credit: Development Application/BCC

“As a consequence of the change of use of the heritage building some minor heritage fabric is proposed to be demolished and the remaining heritage fabric will be restored,” the developers stated. 

“There will also be some alterations and extensions to the heritage building. There is a new single storey building proposed to the south and east of the heritage building which will provide the additional accommodation required for the Childcare Centre.”

De Luca Corporation Pty Ltd also intends to incorporate 22 car parking spaces, play areas at the rear of the building, and pedestrian access from Morris Street to the car park. 

In November 2020, the developer met with Council officers to discuss its intention for the facility before lodging the application. As a Local Heritage Place, residents may appeal this project but, as of press time, Council has not yet set a public notification date for submissions.