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Medowie high school closer to fruition

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Medowie is on track to have its own public high school sooner rather than later, according to NSW Minister for Education and Early Learning Prue Car.

The Deputy Premier dropped into Port Stephens on Friday 21 July to not only meet local MP Kate Washington but to launch the Expression of Interest (EOI) process to locate the most appropriate site for the $53 million premises, which is slated to open in 2027.

It’ll take in a range of factors, including size, location, environmental reports and travel considerations.

Landholders will have an opportunity, from now until 30 August, to put forward suggestions for the eagerly-awaited high school, in addition to the land on Ferodale Road currently owned by the Department of Education.

While in the electorate, the pair visited Medowie Public School, too, to outline the plans for the secondary facility’s future.

“I’m excited to announce that the process to identify a suitable site for this much-needed new high school is underway,” Ms Car said.

“It is important that we explore all options to ensure we choose the best possible location for students moving forward.

“It’ll also mean families can be assured their children will have a place at a local public school.

“Pupils will have a shorter, easier daily commute.

“Most importantly, a new connected school community will be able to grow and thrive in Medowie.

“The Hunter is one of the fastest growing regions in New South Wales.

“So, the work and planning we are doing is vital to support the current and future needs of students in the community.”

You couldn’t wipe the smile from Ms Washington’s face.

“Our community has been waiting a very long time for this day… and it has finally arrived,” she said.

“This is the first step in delivering a public high school in Medowie, which we all know is desperately needed and long overdue.

“The Minns Labor Government was only formed four months ago; and we’re already getting on with the job of delivering for our community here in Port Stephens.”

After the site is determined, the project will progress to master planning, concept design and community and stakeholder engagement planning stages.

The new high school at Medowie will provide modern flexible classrooms, a library, school hall, outdoor play and sports areas and administration space.

It is just one of multiple major school projects currently in progress in the region to accommodate expected population growth in the area.

Upgrades are being delivered at Hunter River High School, Irrawang High School and Muswellbrook South Public School.

Planning is underway for the new Newcastle Education Campus and the redevelopment of Gillieston Public School, as well as a new public school and high school in Huntlee.

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