June 2017 project update
Since the last project update, the schedule of accommodation has now been agreed with the Project Reference Group (PRG) and the technical stakeholder group, verifying the number and type of classrooms for the STEMAg (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Agriculture) focused boarding school.
The concept design is in the process of being endorsed, and the schematic design process will incorporate feedback from the investigations undertaken to date, information booths and wider consultation with both key stakeholders and the wider community.
An agricultural working group has been established to understand what agricultural enterprises could be implemented at the new school to reflect the needs of the curriculum and the provisional list of school agricultural enterprises currently being considered includes:
- Angus beef cattle
- Merino/Suffolk sheep
- Fallow deer
- Growth piggery
- "Boutique" dairy
- Orchard and vegetable gardens
- Hydroponics and Greenhouses
This list is indicative and will be refined during the schematic design phase, with direction from the agricultural working group. The historical working group is in the process of being arranged to consult with the existing Hurlstone Agricultural High School (Glenfield) to determine and agree on the extent of memorabilia and artefacts which could potentially be transferred or replicated at the new facility.
Next steps and key events
The project team will continue to develop the design through to schematic design stage. This stage will explore the school facility requirements in greater depth.
Further consultation workshops with staff and key stakeholders to further inform the design process will be established.
We appreciate your input and feedback. Information booths will be held throughout the design process to provide the community with the opportunity to view plans/designs and provide input.
To date, information booths have been held on campus at Western Sydney University, Hawkesbury Campus and information booths at the local shopping centre Richmond Marketplace. Future information booths are detailed below.
- 27 July 2017 at Richmond Marketplace, March St, Richmond NSW 2753 (between Prouds and Jeanswest), 12:30pm-2:30pm
- 24 August 2017 at Richmond Marketplace, March St, Richmond NSW 2753 (between Prouds and Jeanswest), 12:30pm-2:30pm
You can also provide comments, feedback and questions via our project survey.