When NSW Treasurer Domenic Perrottet stood recently to deliver the latest NSW Government budget there was exciting news for Sydney Olympic Park.
The Treasurer announced some $4.2 billion will be spent on new schools and upgrades to existing ones and as part of that spending program, the Government has formally announced funding for a new high school to be built within the Park.
The Sydney Olympic Park High School will receive funding to start construction in the 2018-19 financial year with a location on Rod Laver Drive near the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre identified as the likely location.
This in addition to the preliminary work already underway for the Wentworth Point Public School, located on Burroway Road near the Olympic Park Ferry Wharf, which will help serve the growing communities of Wentworth Point and Rhodes and ease constraints on Newington Public School which is at capacity.
The intention is for a ‘high-rise’ or ‘vertical;’ high school to be built within the Park, maximising the school’s education and administration facilities within a relatively small footprint and taking advantage of the school’s location, surrounded by parklands and world-class sporting facilities, to provide students with unrivalled playground and sports opportunities.
The proposed location would see the new school adjacent to the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre complex and located near to Bicentennial Park, the Giant’s training centre, Netball Central and the Sydney Olympic Park Sports, Hockey, Athletics and Aquatic Centres.
The expected growth in the Park’s population envisioned in Master Plan 2030, together with the development of the Carter Street Priority Precinct and increased density of areas surrounding the Park highlights the need for a new high school to meet the needs of the expanding population of the Olympic Peninsular.