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Skyscraper schools - Western Sydney's bold new future

Release Date: 29/09/2014
The Sydney Business Chamber is proposing high-density schools and a raft of new infrastructure projects to stimulate knowledge jobs and housing growth in Western Sydney’s CBDs.
David Borger, Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, a former Labor Government Minister is supporting the 99 year lease of electricity distribution, “Using the funds generated from the lease of poles and wires to invest in new infrastructure has the potential to create a legacy that will benefit the community for generations ahead. Now is the time to get these City Centres right and set the West up for the future,” said Borger.
In the Sydney Business Chamber’s response to the State Government’s Rebuild NSW discussion paper, recommendations included; new cultural infrastructure, light rail for Western Sydney and a Civic Improvement fund to attract knowledge jobs and cut the Western Sydney jobs deficit.
In terms of reshaping schooling, Borger said, “Arthur Phillip High School/Parramatta Public/Rowland Hassall School in the Parramatta CBD and Liverpool Public School in the Liverpool CBD present a real opportunity to develop a new model for education.
“A model that showcases new building typology suitable for city centres: high density, multi-storied learning centres, with rooftop and enclosed playing areas, what one might call Skyscraper schools.
“These schools are sitting on very scarce CBD land. Some of this land should also be used to attract office employment to Western Sydney.
“Great schools have the potential to attract new populations and could help meet the dwelling targets proposed in the draft Sydney Metropolitan Strategy. 
“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.
“Great urban places need great urban buildings. These CBDs present a real opportunity to build a new model of education that could be rolled out in other town centres as Sydneysiders increasingly live in high rise and medium density neighbourhoods.
“We are seeing a great shift to living in towns and city centres. Schools are becoming traffic jams at pick up and drop off times. Parents increasingly want to walk their kids to school and then walk to work,” said Borger.
Media contact: David Borger 0408 239 262 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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