In one of the most significant projects ever undertaken by Catholic Education South Australia, the $27 million project reflects the rapidly increasing population in the Mt Barker and Adelaide Hills region, and the growing demand for high quality educational opportunities, said the college’s principal Gavin McGlaughlin.
“These new facilities will support the college’s progressive approach to learning and would give confidence to families in the region wanting a quality, local education for their children within the one community from ages three to 18,” Mr McGlaughlin said.
The four court sports centre is in the final design phase and construction will commence at the end of the year with completion in the second half of 2018.
While the sports centre will be funded mainly through college borrowings, the benefits to the community have been recognised by the State Government and the Mt Barker District Council with financial support provided by them.
The college has established a partnership with the Eastern Mavericks Basketball Club and the Eastern Hills Basketball Association as its anchor tenants.
Plans to replace the existing R-6 primary school with a state-of-the-art facility will include an extensive consultation process throughout the remainder of 2017. Construction of the new school is expected to begin in Term 3 of 2018 with students moving in during the second half of 2019.
Interim director of Catholic Education SA Bruno Vieceli said CESA and the college were working with representatives of the Archdiocese of Adelaide to incorporate a Catholic early learning centre into the design of the new primary school, in the expectation it can be delivered as part of the first stage of the development.
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