Greater environmental protection for nearby greenspace is a priority of the revised plan for the redevelopment of Manly Vale Public School, which will deliver 40 new classrooms, a new library and a new hall.
Education Minister Rob Stokes said the development would increase Manly Vale's capacity from 400 to 1000 students, while preserving more than 500 trees. About 65 more trees will be saved with the revised concept – 10 per cent more than previously proposed.
"The outcome balances the integrity of the redevelopment and the preservation of the local environment," Mr Stokes said.
The redevelopment of the school, which will now proceed to tender, will include:
- 40 new classrooms
- 4 special program rooms
- a new library
- a new communal hall
- two new covered outdoor learning areas
- a new canteen
- new staff facilities
- the part refurbishment of the existing administration building
- a games court
"This redevelopment is going to give students access to state-of-the-art resources, and create the spaces needed to deliver innovative teaching," Mr Stokes said.
Liberal candidate for Manly, James Griffin, said he was pleased local voices had been heard.
"This has been a contentious issue for parts of our community and I am glad this resolution provides a better outcome for all involved," he said.
The Asset Protection Zone, a bushfire buffer area around the school, will extend into approximately 0.1% of the adjoining Manly Warringah War Memorial Park – around 50% less than in earlier plans.
In another win for environmental protection for bushland adjoining the school, Minister for Lands Paul Toole announced the Manly Warringah War Memorial Park will become a new State Park.
Mr Toole said the new status recognizes the 384 hectares of Crown reserve is a significant regional environmental and recreational asset and provides enhanced protection of this valuable natural resource.
"Manly Dam is highly valued as a place for recreation, conservation and scenery, in addition to being place of remembrance and a water catchment," Mr Toole said.
"The creation of a State Park reflects the significance of the dam and surrounding public lands to the people of NSW," he said.