13 January 2016
This week I met with the Minister for Education’s officer and the Department of Education to urge them to re-open negotiations with the City of Sydney over the Fig and Wattle streets site. They made it clear that the department plans to go ahead with redevelopment on the current site, with planning advanced for a larger school operating by the start of 2019.
I will continue to push for possible use of the Fig and Wattle site for community benefit and education infrastructure, which the community has been demanding for years. I remain hopeful that the government will come to the table with the council to achieve a positive outcome for the community.
I was assured that students will be temporarily relocated together and not split up during construction, with a decision soon on the relocation site. The department will set up a reference group and update the school community when school starts.