Council objects to Oran Park High School plans

Camden Council will submit an objection to the state government’s plans for a public high school at Oran Park.

At last night’s council meeting all councillors agreed a new public high school was needed in the area but there were safety concerns with the proposed design.

The council’s main concerns were inadequate parking spaces, traffic impacts, the location of bus bays and the need for a bushfire protection zone near Julia Creek.

At the meeting, Cr Eva Campbell said she could not believe the plans had been deemed appropriate by the Department of Education.

“The safety of students is of the utmost importance,” she said.

Cr Cindy Cagney said the school plans were not appropriate for the vastly growing area.

“The Oran Park community deserves a whole lot better,” she said.

Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak told the Advertiser last month that plans for the new public high school in Oran Park provided “completely inadequate” parking provisions.

“There are only 10 on-site spaces in the plans,” she said.

“In my opinion there should be enough on-site parking for all 160 staff members. There is no provision for year 12 students that have their p-plates or parents visiting the school.”

Cr Symkowiak said despite the parking problems she was pleased to see that there was some progress with plans for the “much-need public high school”.

The high school would accommodate up to 2000 students while the existing primary school – which shares a site with the proposed high school on the corner of South Circuit and Holden Drive – would grow to accommodate 1000 pupils.

Oran Park Town management expect the school, if approved, would be open for student enrollments by 2020.

To view the school plans visit the Department of Planning and Environment’s website.