At MLC School, our girls are empowered with skills and capabilities that enable them to be adaptive, compassionate, and courageous. They embrace new challenges and opportunities; and strive for excellence.

Our performing arts and sports programs are an important aspect of this empowerment, offering every girl the opportunity to pursue their passions, try new activities, develop skills and confidence.

To support these programs, we have a vision to deliver a modern Performing Arts and Sports Centre and Sports Complex on the south-eastern corner of the school site (between Park Road and Britannia Avenue).

As a first step in achieving this vision, we have begun preparing a State Significant Development Application (SSDA) that seeks planning approval to construct and operate the Performing Arts and Sports Centre and seeks approval for the longer-term delivery of the Sports Complex.

An overview of our proposal

The SSDA proposes the delivery of the project in two stages:

Stage 1: Performing Arts and Sports Centre

What this space is:

  • A three level building with one basement level consisting of a flexible space that can be used for the whole of School assemblies as well as indoor sports courts: performance spaces including a 400-seat theatre; and learning spaces for music and drama.

Why we need this space:

  • Provide a whole School assembly space to build a sense of community and allow for whole school Chapel services.
  • Allow for other gatherings, including concerts, theatrical performances, lectures, and meetings, providing a unique space for students, faculty, parents and the community.
  • Improved learning spaces for music and drama to better support our Performing Arts program.

When this space will be delivered:

  • This is a priority project and is expected to be delivered in the short to medium term. The SSDA is seeking approval to construct and operate this building.
Stage 2: Sports Complex

What this space is:

  • An extension of the existing Aquatic Centre and gymnasium to provide new and refurbished fitness facilities including a new learn to swim pool. This space will also include a drop off area off Britannia Avenue.

Why we need this space:

  • Upgrade and increase the changing room facilities catering to School use and community use of the Aquatic Centre. Provide Indoor PE learning spaces that are currently restricted to demountable buildings and spaces where students and the community can train indoors.

When the space will be delivered:

  • As a longer term project, the SSDA is seeking approval for this space, and will be delivered in the longer term.     

For both buildings to be delivered, the SSDA is also proposing site preparation work including demolition of any existing structures, earthworks, clearing of some trees and landscaping to replace the removed trees.

The benefits of this proposal

Building a sense of school community

Assemblies are an important medium for developing the school culture, nurturing positive ethos and reinforcing school values. They are critical to communicate significant matters across all age groups, develop student leadership, and recognise achievement.

Currently, Senior School assemblies and Chapel services are held in the gymnasium as we do not have access to a formal space that caters to our students and faculty.

The Performing Arts and Sports Centre will offer a space to host assemblies for the whole school, allow for whole school Chapel services, connect cohorts and build school unity.

Support the performing arts

At MLC School, we pride ourselves on our exceptional performing arts program, with a high number of students participating in these subjects and co-curricular activities.

Currently our music, drama, and dance facilities are dated, impractical and do not reflect the quality of the programs provided.

The Performing Arts and Sports Centre will meet the needs of present and future students and faculty through providing upgraded learning facilities and space to host concerts, theatrical performances, lectures, and meetings.

Improved sporting facilities and amenities

MLC School has a proud tradition of offering a variety of co-curricular sports catering to students from beginner through to elite level.

Our proposal of the extended Aquatic Centre and gymnasium will increase user amenity, improve learning spaces and allow for wet-weather contingencies when training or playing sport.

Our key considerations

 MLC School is committed to working closely with our School community and the local community to ensure the proposal is designed and delivered with consideration and respect.

We are working with a range of technical experts to undertake a series of assessments to identify how potential impacts associated with the construction and operation of the proposal can be appropriately mitigated.

These are outlined below:

Managing traffic, safety and access

We recognise that managing traffic on the surrounding streets and pedestrian safety during construction is a high priority for our parents, students and neighbours.

Based on initial traffic studies, the Performing Arts and Sports Centre is not anticipated to generate an increase in traffic or parking demand once operational.

Should the proposal be approved, primary route for construction vehicles will be via Comer Street and Britannia Avenue.

Before commencing construction, we will prepare a Construction Traffic Management Plan that outlines measures to minimise impacts on local streets, particularly during school drop off and pick up times, and how pedestrian, vehicle and cyclist safety will be managed.

Limiting construction noise

During construction, we will work with our selected delivery contractor to implement best practise noise mitigation measures. This may include physical acoustic barriers, choice of construction equipment and programming works to include respite periods.

We will also ensure construction timing and staging minimises interruption to our learning environment, including major exam periods.

Maintaining community access and respecting community space

We know that our Aquatic Centre is used by our neighbours and we want to ensure access to this facility is maintained.

During Stage 1, the community will retain use of the Aquatic Centre in its entirety and should not experience any disruption. In Stage 2, we will aim to retain access to as much of the facility as possible. We will explore this further once we begin the more detailed planning for the Sports Complex.

We are also considering the potential impacts on Burwood Park and those who use it. Whilst our proposal does not extend into Burwood Park, we want to ensure there is minimal disturbance to this community space and those who use it.

We have considered how the design and operation of our facilities will integrate with and limit impacts on the park including potential overshadowing.

We will also consult Burwood Council to understand who regularly uses the park so we can work closely with these groups to ensure there is minimal interruptions during construction and operation.

Should the proposal be approved, MLC School will develop a series of plans that capture these considerations and outline how we will minimise potential construction and operational impacts.

Frequently asked questions

What is being proposed?

MLC School has developed a proposal for a Performing Arts and Sport Centre and Sports Complex to be located on the on the south-eastern corner of the school site (between Park Road and Britannia Avenue). 

The proposed facility is a new three level building, including a basement level, and includes: 

  • A new Performing Arts and Sports Centre, which includes an assembly hall/indoor sports courts, performance spaces, and learning rooms.
  • Extension and refurbishment of the School’s existing Aquatic Centre and gymnasium. This includes a new learn-to-swim pool, new and refurbished fitness facilities, and ancillary and amenities spaces and a new drop-off area off Britannia Avenue.

Why is it needed?

  • MLC School has a proud tradition of offering high-quality academic and co-curricular programs to support the intellectual, social, emotional and physical wellbeing of girls.
  • The proposed Performing Arts and Sport Centre and Sports Complex is the next step in the delivery of updated facilities on the MLC School Campus.
  • It aims to provide the School with a stateĀ­ of-the-art facility to support curriculum-based learning in the arts, performance opportunities and enhanced co-curricular participation.
  • The proposed new facilities will provide new and upgraded spaces to meet the needs of students and faculty and the community.

Is the proposal seeking to accommodate an increase in enrolment numbers?

  • There is no desire to increase the current enrolment numbers. 

When is it being delivered?

If approved, the proposal would be delivered over two stages of work over the next ten years or so:

  • The new Performing Arts and Sports Centre is the priority project and expected to be delivered in the short to medium term.
  • Extension and refurbishment of the School’s existing Aquatic Centre and gymnasium is a longer term project and MLC School is seeking approval for this facility under the SSDA. Timing of this work is yet to be determined. 

Will construction make traffic around the school worse?

Should the proposal be approved, a Construction Traffic Management Plan will be developed. The Plan will outline proposed routes and timing for construction vehicle movements; as well as measures to minimise impacts on local streets, particularly during school drop off and pick up times.

  • The primary route for construction vehicles will be via Comer Street and Britannia Avenue.
  • MLC School will work with our selected construction contractor to ensure construction staff vehicles park onsite as much as possible; and minimise additional traffic through (eg through carpooling).

What are the operational traffic impacts?

  • The proposal is not anticipated to generate an increase in traffic or parking demand once operational.
  • The proposal includes a drop-off area next to the extended Aquatic Centre and gymnasium (Britannia Avenue side of the School). The existing School car park access on Britannia Avenue will remain.

How noisy will construction be?

  • Should the proposal be approved, we will work closely with our selected delivery contractor to develop a final construction program and implement best practice noise mitigation measures. This may include physical acoustic barriers, choice of construction equipment and programming works to include respite periods. 

Will noise disrupt the School learning environment and/or exam periods?

  • Should the proposal be approved, we will work closely with our selected delivery contractor to ensure construction timing and staging minimises interruption to our learning environment, including major exam periods.

Can my girls safely access the school during construction?

  • Yes. Should the proposal be approved, a Construction Traffic Management Plan will be developed which will outline how safe pedestrian, vehicular and bicycle access will be maintained at all times; and in particular, for school drop-off and pick up. 

What happens next?

  • MLC School is seeking approval for the proposal from the NSW Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure (DPHI) through a State Significant Development Application (SSDA) process. This type of application is common for most school renewal projects.
  • The School is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which will assess any potential impacts from the construction and operation of the proposal and suggest mitigation measures. Before taking this next step, MLC School is engaging with its neighbours and the community.
  • A formal SSDA will be lodged in mid-2024. Following the SSDA lodgement, DPHI will publicly exhibit the proposal. At this point, the community can make formal submissions on the proposal to DPHI.
  • A determination on the proposal is expected within six to nine months of lodging the SSDA.  

How can I provide feedback?

MLC School has commissioned Urbis Engagement to collect your feedback and provide further information about the proposal. You can reach the team by:  

  • Emailing engagement@urbis.com.au
  • Calling 1800 244 863.
  • You can also contact us directly via the Contact Us page on this website.
  • To access the Social Impact Assessment Survey, click here

Timeline

What we have done:

  • The first step in this process is lodging a request with the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure (DPHI) for the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs).

    The SEARs ensure government agencies and relevant service providers are informed and provided with the opportunity to request certain information be addressed within the SSDA.

Where we are now:

  • MLC School and the project team are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

    The EIS assesses any potential impacts from the construction and operation of the proposal, and suggests mitigation measures. Over the last month, we have had various consultants attending the school to conduct their investigations.
  • We are also engaging with our School community and neighbours to inform the EIS.

What is next:

  • Feedback from the community will be collated in a Consultation Outcomes Report and included in the submission to DPHI.
  • We will then formally lodge the SSDA in mid-2024.
  • Following the SSDA lodgement, DPHI will publicly exhibit the proposal. At this point, the community can make formal submissions on the proposal to DPHI.
  • A determination on the proposal is expected within six to nine months of lodging the SSDA.

Provide your feedback

MLC School is committed to keeping the School and surrounding community informed as plans for the proposal progress, including opportunities to provide feedback.

Over the coming months, we will undertake an extensive consultation program with the community. Our website will be updated as more information about the project becomes available.

To access the Social Impact Assessment Survey, click here.

Call or email

MLC School has commissioned Urbis Engagement to collect your feedback and provide further information about the proposal. You can reach the team by:

You can also contact MLC School directly via the Contact Us page.

Attend our drop-in information session

You are invited to attend a community information session for staff, students and surrounding residents. You can drop in any time to find out more about the proposal and speak directly to the project team:

Date and Time: Wednesday 8 May 2024, 5.30pm – 7.30pm (you can drop by any time)

Location: Potts Hall, MLC School
Wangal Country
Rowley Street
Burwood

Closest entry is via the Gate 2 on Rowley Street.

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