Young people aged 14 – 22 who have disengaged from mainstream education will be able to complete their schooling at a new purpose-built education facility following the NSW Government’s approval of Warakirri College.
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Executive Director for Infrastructure – Planning Assessments David Gainsford said the project will inject $4 million into the economy and create 17 construction jobs and 14 ongoing jobs once complete.
“The not-for-profit Warakirri College has a record of helping our most disadvantaged young people, and this new campus will enable the school to improve the job prospects of even more students,” Mr Gainsford said.
“This approval paves the way for a new campus on Watsford Road to help 120 students complete their Year 10 or HSC just a short walk from Campbelltown station.
“It will give teenagers and young adults the chance to complete their schooling up to Year 12, giving them the opportunity to continue their studies in a tailored and supportive learning environment.
“While not all children thrive in mainstream schooling, it’s vital that every single one has the opportunity to get on track to a rewarding life.”
The two-storey building on Watsford Road is 370 metres from Campbelltown Railway Station. It will have eight classrooms, food technology and science rooms, a courtyard with barbecue facilities, and 11 underground parking spaces for staff.
Approval of the college is part of the NSW Government’s Planning System Acceleration Program, which is fast-tracking planning assessments to keep people in jobs and the economy moving during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To date, the program has injected billions of dollars into the State’s economy and created opportunities for more than thousands of jobs.