17 November 2016

RPAC Project Update

​​Community Consultative Committee

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has appointed an Independent Chairperson for the Community Consultative Committee (CCC) – Assoc. Prof. Ms Roberta Ryan. Here is an excerpt from the press release:

Ms Ryan, Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Governance at the University of Technology, Sydney, comes to this important role with a wealth of experience in stakeholder consultation. With a strong interest in the relationship between people and places, Ms Ryan brings considerable expertise in working with local government, strategic planning, land use planning, sustainability and citizen engagement.

Ms Ryan has an established reputation for consultative and expert facilitation of processes. She has a demonstrated capacity to manage complex projects in organisationally, culturally and strategically sensitive environments where there are significant stakeholder interests.

In her role of providing a forum for dialogue between St Catherine’s School, the local community and other stakeholders, Ms Ryan will provide expert guidance and structure to the community consultation process during the period of demolition and construction at the school.

Over the past few weeks advertisements have been placed in the Wentworth and Southern Courier papers seeking nominations for the committee – we expect the first meeting to be held prior to Christmas.

Construction preparation

In addition to the regular building works the school undertakes during the holidays we will commence the location and preparation for moving in ground services from the building site. Work will also commence on moving the TAS workshop to its new location. Once these two projects are completed we then have the Turning of the Sod celebration prior to the commencement of construction.

The RPAC construction will go out to tender at the end of January.

RPAC images

Please visit here to view the latest RPAC images received from Mayoh Architects. Of note is the mosaic wall in the swimming pool area – these tiles will incorporate the school’s house colours! 

Also included are the internal layout plans for the Research Centre. Superimposed on this layout is the technology plan that transforms the Research Centre to be a connected space enabling collaboration, video conferencing, digital screens including a video wall and a fully equipped maker space with 3D printers and virtual reality.

Term 1- 2017

Early next year we will hold a RPAC Information night to further outline the construction and transport management plans.