The planning application for the St Matthew's Catholic School secondary campus project is on public exhibition with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment until June 23.
Spanning nine hectares, the proposed new site at Broadhead Road includes a chapel, sporting facilities, a multipurpose hall, state of the art, music, and drama facilities as well as purpose-built spaces for vocational education and training (VET), and dedicated hospitality rooms with café facilities.
"We are on track to blaze new trails with inspired learners. Creativity and collaboration will be nurtured with increased space in a contemporary and flexible learning environment," principal Mrs Angela Myles said.
St Matthew's Lewis Street campus is at capacity on its current 1.3-hectare site, which is surrounded by commercial and residential neighbours, and cannot expand any further to comfortably accommodate a K-12 school.
The junior school will remain at its current site for the present time.
A consultation process was undertaken in 2019 and early 2020 with the school community and broader stakeholders and heard detailed feedback about what they would like to see included in the new school, which has been considered in the final design.
Last month a series of webinars were hosted so that the community can find out more about the project.
Pending approval by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, construction for the new secondary campus is anticipated to commence soon after and take approximately 18 months to two years to complete.
The design principles have been to utilise natural space and light at the location at the intersection of Broadhead and Bruce roads, which is effectively a blank slate.
Catholic Diocese of Bathurst is committed to staying in regular contact with the community and stakeholders. More information can be found at stmatthewssecondarycampus.com, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1800 244 683.
The project can be viewed on the DPIE major project website.