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?
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.
identified in the Master Plan as the highest priority project that best
addresses St Catherine's educational needs.
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.
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
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
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
Minutes for CCC meetings can be found here
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
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
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
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
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
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 plans 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.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.