WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE RPAC DEVELOPMENT?
Stage 1a of the RPAC development includes:
Performing arts auditorium
Construction of this development commenced in December 2019 and is expected to be completed mid-2021.
ARE THERE OTHER STAGES PLANNED?
On 6 April 2016, the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment approved the Campus Master Plan which included the Research, Performing Arts and Aquatic Centre (RPAC) as Stage 1.
RPAC was identified in the Master Plan as the highest priority project that best addresses St Catherine's educational needs.
The department has allowed for Stage 1 to now be done in two stages. Richard Crookes Constructions has been awarded the contract to deliver the Stage 1a works (outlined above) which is expected to be complete mid-2021.
Additional future development is planned, i.e. Research Centre (Stage 1b) and Stage 2, however timing is still to be determined; it is anticipated there will be a significant gap between RPAC and Stage 2.
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE A QUESTION OR CONCERN ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION WORKS?
If you have any concerns or questions throughout the course of the works, please contact the contractor, Richard Crookes Constructions, via email
RPAC@richardcrookes.com.au or call 1800 717 708 at any time of day.
If you would like to register to receive important construction updates via email, you can do this by emailing
RPAC@richardcrookes.com.au and advising us you would like to be added to the mailing list.
If your query or concern cannot be addressed over the phone and is not urgent, it will be actioned within 2 business days of lodgement. Should your contact relate to something urgent it will be directed at the time of the call for action asap.
A register of concerns will be maintained in accordance with standards.
HOW CAN I GET IMPORTANT CONSTRUCTION UPDATES ABOUT MAJOR WORKS?
You can register to receive important construction updates about major works by emailing
RPAC@richardcrookes.com.au and advising us you would like to be added to the mailing list.
WHY DOES THE ST CATHERINE'S SCHOOL COMMUNITY NEED RPAC?
The RPAC development is designed to upgrade and modernise our existing facilities. Our current swimming pool is over 40 years old and no longer adequate for the requirements of our girls. Our current theatre is over 20 years old and too small and basic for our girls' needs.
WHAT STAGE HAS THIS DEVELOPMENT REACHED?
Works commenced on site in December 2019.
The Community Consultative Committee (CCC) will continue to meet regularly to maintain communication between the school, the contractor, RCC and the local neighbouring residents and businesses.
WHAT COMMUNICATION WILL THERE BE WITH LOCAL RESIDENTS/NEIGHBOURS THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS?
The NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment appointed an independent Chairperson for a Community Consultative Committee (CCC). The CCC meet regularly as a formal means of maintaining engagement with the local community, stakeholder groups and local councils on issues relating to the development.
Minutes for CCC meetings can be found
As agreed with the CCC, notification of the upcoming commencement of works has been advertised in the Wentworth Courier and a letterbox drop in an area designated by the CCC has been arranged. Public forums will be held as required.
HOW WILL PARKING AND TRAFFIC CHALLENGES BE MANAGED THROUGHOUT THE DEVELOPMENT?
During construction, the contractor will manage construction workforce transport to ensure the impact on the surrounding neighbourhood is minimised. Delivery schedules will be closely managed and will not occur during school drop off and pickup times.
A section of Macpherson Street bordering the site is a School Zone Monday to Friday between 8am and 9:30am and between 2:30pm and 4pm.
A work zone will exist within this school zone during construction DA hours*, excluding the School Zone Hours.
*Construction DA Hours are generally:
7am – 6pm (Monday to Friday) 8am – 1pm (Saturdays) These are subject to approvals gained for out of hours works.
Longer term, the school encourages students to use public transport or walk to school. Over recent years, the school has expanded the heavily subsidised private bus service across four routes to cater for students who cannot use public transport. In addition, St Catherine's has introduced a range of initiatives to streamline the procedures around the car line in Macpherson and Leichhardt Streets.
Once the RPAC is completed, we will review other active travel options like cycling for students.
HOW WILL DISRUPTIONS AND IMPACTS BE MANAGED IN A LIVE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT?
The construction zone is largely isolated from the learning areas of the school grounds and appropriate hoarding will be erected to separate the construction works zone from the operational school areas and ensure the safety of all those on and around the site at all times.
Construction works do impact the surrounding area; however the contractor is experienced in the delivery of construction works within operational school environments and will employ the most effective noise and impact minimising tools available.
The school will schedule 'no construction' days during important school events and will also timetable key exams (including HSC trials and examinations) and assessments well away from the construction zone.
WILL THE NEW RPAC FACILITIES BE AVAILABLE FOR EXTERNAL AND COMMUNITY USE?
We are proud of being an independent school serving our local community and mindful of the responsibility it brings; we work hard to build a strong and respectful relationship with our local residents/neighbours.
Our development consent limits the extent of external and community use of the new facilities. This control balances the twin challenges of parking and external/community use needs.
IS THERE A SUSTAINABILITY ELEMENT TO THE RPAC DEVELOPMENT PLAN?
RPAC is a 4 Star Green Star design
WHAT IS THE APPROACH TO MANAGING CONSTRUCTION NOISE AND VIBRATION DURING THE WORKS?
The development will be constructed with the aim of achieving the construction noise management levels detailed in the Interim Construction Noise Guideline (Department of Environment and Climate Change, 2009). All reasonable noise mitigation measures will be implemented and any activities that could exceed the construction noise management levels will be identified and managed in accordance with the Construction Environmental Management Plan.
WHAT IS THE APPROACH TO MANAGING CONSTRUCTION DUST DURING THE WORKS?
All reasonable dust suppression measures will be implemented in accordance with the Construction Environmental Management Plan.
WHAT WILL RPAC COST AND HOW WILL IT BE FUNDED?
The total costs of RPAC is $58million. The school has not carried any debt for almost 10 years and will borrow up to $10million
WHAT IS THE ST CATHERINE'S FOUNDATION AND WHAT IS ITS ROLE IN THE CAMPAIGN?
The Foundation comprises a group of St Catherine's parents –current and past – who develop the philanthropic strategies for the school, including fund-raising for major capital works, scholarships, (including indigenous scholarships) the Fielding Fellowship bequest program and Annual Giving. The Foundation manages all fund raising activities to support this milestone project.
HOW MUCH DOES THE ST CATHERINE'S FOUNDATION SEEK TO RAISE?
The Foundation aims to raise $5million through philanthropic gifts from the school community to support the funding of the project. Funds raised to date are reflected on the barometer located on the donate now page and we extend our sincere appreciation to those families who have contributed throughout this appeal.WHY AREN'T OUR SCHOOL FEES SUFFICIENT ENOUGH TO FUND THE PROJECT?
Approximately 70% of the school's fee income is allocated to staffing costs.Generally, government funding covers operational and capital maintenance needs of the school. The school is ineligible for direct government funding for significant new capital works.WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY ST CATHERINE'S TRADITION OF GIVING?Since its inception, St Catherine's development has been supported by financial donations of generations of parents and members of the wider school community. Financial donations enable us to go beyond what school fees and government funding alone can achieve.
It is this tradition of giving that has enabled projects such as the Dame Joan Sutherland Centre, the Jo Karaolis Sports Centre and the Nan Hind Centre to be successfully completed. Today it is impossible to imagine our school without these significant facilities – used each and every day by the girls. RPAC will build a future legacy for generations of St Catherine's students.HOW CAN I CONTRIBUTE?
There are many opportunities to enable every member of our community to be involved with this transformational and innovative project.
· You can make a one-off donation, or, if you prefer
· You can pledge a commitment over the next three/four years.All donations are fully tax-deductible.There are also a range of naming rights possibilities and opportunities for corporate partnership programs.Please click
here to donate and help bring alive our vision for the RPAC.