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New School Model to Support the Growth of City Centres


Release Date: 12/02/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber said the new education plan launched today by the NSW Liberal & Nationals, is a step in the right direction, toward transforming the city and the education sector.
 
David Borger, Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber said, “In our submission to Rebuilding NSW we recommended the government rethink its approach to education infrastructure to serve the new inner city populations and support their economic growth.
 
“We commend the Government on developing a bold new vision for education that recognises the population increase. In the last ten years the Parramatta LGA has grown by 12% but at the same time, the Parramatta CBD has grown by 98%.
 
“People are returning to cities and we need great new schools to support this urban shift
 
“While the proposal is generally good, it would be better to see the Arthur Phillip High school and the Parramatta public school redeveloped on the edge of the CBD. This would free up very large parcels of land in the Parramatta CBD for jobs.
 
“Parramatta is a very constrained CBD, a fraction of the size of the Sydney CBD. We need to build ‘up instead of out’ where we can.
 
“Central Western Sydney has to deliver 100,000 new higher density dwellings in the next 28 years. Good planning suggests that the best schools should be located in the most accessible locations.  
 
“A model that showcases new building types suitable for city centres: high density, multi-storied learning centres, with rooftop and enclosed playing areas, what one might call Skyscraper schools.  
 
“Great schools have the potential to attract new populations and could help meet the dwelling targets proposed in the draft Sydney Metropolitan Strategy,” said Borger.
 
Media contact: David Borger 0408 239 262 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367
 



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