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Artist's impression of the new Ballina High School. (Supplied)
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The NSW Department of Education is calling for public feedback on the proposed $40 million development of a new high school in Ballina.

The proposed school will cater to 1,000 students on the existing Ballina High School site, and will combine students from Ballina High will years 7-12 students from K-12 Southern Cross School.


The government yesterday released the environment impact statement for the proposed development, and submissions can be made from today (Thursday) to Tuesday, 31 January, 2017.

The proposal includes:

  • the demolition of the majority of the existing Ballina High School buildings;
  • retention of the existing Marine Discovery Centre, aquaculture building, 
existing sports courts, and an existing building to be used for future 
  • new buildings varying in height up to three storeys and including a new 
outdoor sports court;  construction of a new vehicle entry off Swift Street with loading zone and 
support drop-off zone;
  •  construction of associated stormwater management system, services and 
  • and 
removal of an existing 32 space sealed car park to make way for future 
development options.

A spokesperson for the Department of Planning and Environment said the local community always has an opportunity to share their views.

‘Community consultation is an integral part of the planning process and the applicant will have to respond to the feedback we receive,’ the spokesperson said.

‘This feedback is taken into consideration as part of the assessment.

‘It’s easy to participate by going online and we encourage everyone to take a look and have their say.’

To make a submission or view the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), visit www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au.

People wishing to make a submission are encouraged to use the online form if possible. 
The form can be found at www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/page/on- exhibition.

Department of Planning and Environment
Attn: Director – Social and Other Infrastructure Assessments GPO Box 39
Sydney NSW 2001

The application and EIS are also available to view in person at:

Department of Planning and Environment: Level 22, 320 Pitt Street, Sydney, or at the Ballina Shire Council: Customer Service Centre, 40 Cherry Street, Ballina.

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