New site chosen for Ultimo/Pyrmont school

15 December 2014

Agreement has been reached for a new public school serving the inner city to be built on a site to be purchased from the City of Sydney on the corner of Wattle, Jones and Fig Streets, Ultimo.

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli visited Ultimo Public School today and announced that the Department of Education and Communities has agreed in principle to accept a recently revised offer of sale from the Council of $74 million for the site.

"More families are choosing to live close to the city and the NSW Government is responding to the needs of this growing population. I am sure this agreement will be very welcome news," Mr Piccoli said.

"Ultimo Public School has been on its current site for 100 years and it needs space to grow as it prepares to deliver quality public education for another century."

The school currently has 335 students and will soon be reaching capacity. The new site will ultimately accommodate up to 1,000 students.

"The new site is a significant investment by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government to cater for local growth in student numbers well into the future, playing an important role in maintaining the area's desirability for inner-city residents," Mr Piccoli said.

"Childcare and after school hours care facilities will also be built to support the area's position as a vibrant and diverse residential hub."

Final details of the sale are to be agreed between the Department and the Council.

The Department accepted the Council's revised offer on the basis of recommendations by the Inner City Schools Working Party, established by the Minister to address the increase in school-aged children in the inner city.

Following community consultation about the area's future education needs, discussions with the Council over the site began in November last year. The project to build a new public school in Ultimo/Pyrmont was announced in the 2014 State budget.

Some of the costs of the project will be offset by the sale of the existing Ultimo Public School site. The new school is expected to open on Day 1, Term 1, 2018.

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