A proposed St Philip’s Christian College at Charmhaven is now open for public exhibition.
The proposed “bush” school is deemed a state significant project as it has an estimated capital investment cost of $460M.
Objectives include promoting the principles of ecologically sustainable development through a design responsive to the site’s “unique environmental attributes” and a design that celebrates connection to country and the natural and historic attributes of the site, according to the submission now on the State Government’s planning portal.
The project will include site preparation works and the construction of a new non-government K-12 school known as St Philip’s Christian College and Narnia Early Learning Centre.
It will educate up to 554 students in Stage 1A-1D and 1,583 students and children by Stage 4.
The project will generate about 225 direct and 275 indirect jobs during construction over a 10 plus year construction timeframe, together with 199 full time operational jobs for the school.
Works include water, sewer, and electricity, a new intersection on the Pacific Highway, PFAS remediation work, administration buildings, new junior, middle and senior school facilities, sporting facilities, a performing arts centre, chapel, as well as a Dynamic Alternative Learning Environment (DALE).
Other facilities include sporting fields, outdoor courts and indoor courts and facilities.
The 40 hectares is bounded by Arizona Road on the west, the Pacific Highway on the east, and Charmhaven industrial area to the south.
The environmental impact statement for the proposal lists a series of items that have been considered including an assessment of the potential for Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances contamination from the adjoining Rural Fire Service Depot and the possible impact of a 25.8 metre chapel steeple on flight paths to the nearby Warnervale airport.
St Philip’s Christian College has schools and early learning centres across the Hunter and Central Coast.
Public submissions close on October 2.
Go to the State Government’s planning portal for details on the proposal: https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/major-projects/projects/st-philips-christian-college-charmhaven