Work to deliver a new high school for the Marsden Park area has reached an important milestone with approval of the business case. Funding for the school was included in the NSW Government’s 2021/22 budget to cater for the growing population in the North West Growth Area.
The new high school, which will be located on Kaluta Avenue in Melonba, will have modern facilities including flexible learning spaces for approximately 2,000 students. The project is set to deliver specialist classrooms for science, wood and metal workshops, and performing arts, supported learning spaces, a library, canteen and administration facilities, a multipurpose hall for sports and performance, sports and recreation facilities and landscaping.
Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly said the new school will be an essential addition to the area and will deliver modern resources to our students now and into the future.
“This government is delivering a pipeline of school infrastructure projects to help cater for population growth in the North West Growth Area by planning new and upgraded schools now, and into the future.
“The new high school in Melonba / Marsden Park will complement other education infrastructure projects in the area, including recently opened Galungara Public School and Northbourne Public School, and expansions of Schofields Public School and Riverstone High School,” Mr Conolly said.
A Project Reference Group (PRG) will now be established for the project which will include architects, planners and design professionals and representatives from local school communities. The design of the school will be developed in consultation with the PRG, considering educational, operational and service delivery requirements.
As part of master-planning for the site, the proposal will include allocated space for a proposed new public primary school next to the high school. The new primary school does not have funding approval and is subject to future consideration of government and will be assessed against competing priorities across the state.
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the community was excited the longer-term need for local schools in the area is being met.
“North West Sydney is a growing area and we are delivering on our commitment to give local students the latest facilities and support the growing school community. I’m proud that the NSW Government is delivering this new high school at Melonba,” Ms Mitchell said.
The NSW Government is investing $7.9 billion over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver 215 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.