Old Menangle School Site Master Plan goes on Exhibition
Posted on: 02.05.2019
Late last year Wollondilly Shire Council asked the community what they would like to see included in a plan for the Old Menangle School Site.
Council received a huge amount of feedback, which was reviewed and used to create a draft plan for the space. Community members now have the opportunity to look at the plan to make sure it reflects their ideas.
Mayor Matthew Deeth said, “We are proud of the plan we have come up with based on the community's feedback.”
“We believe it captures and celebrates the history of the site, while also incorporating lots of new things to better service the community in the future.”
“We want to check back in with residents and make sure we have got it right. Have a look at the plan and tell us what you think!” he said.
The master plan includes outdoor fitness equipment, a grass amphitheatre, a walking/cycling track, a refurbished old school building, open lawns, a children’s playground and nature play areas, an outdoor café/dining zone and many other features.
The site has a special place in the heart of the Menangle community, with the land donated by Sir William Macarthur and the initial school building completed in 1871, with an enrolment of 43 pupils. That building was sold in 1876, and in 1906 the Macarthur family donated another half an acre for a new school building and residence.
The Menangle School Centenary was celebrated in 1971, but the school was then closed down in 1974.
The property was purchased by Council in 2013 from the NSW Department of Education & Training (DET) following strong community lobbying for Council to prevent the DET from demolishing the old school building and selling the land.
The site has the potential to become a strong community hub due to its location in the centre of Menangle and connection to the existing open space areas.
Council will be taking feedback on the master plan until 20 May 2019. To view the draft master plan and interactive map and make comments, head to www.yoursay.wollondilly.nsw.gov.au