21 May 2021

Long-awaited hall for Yass High inches ever closer

| Lottie Twyford
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artist impression of school hall

An architect’s concept impression of the proposed Yass High School hall. Image: Webber Architects.

The plans for the long-awaited and much-anticipated hall for the Yass High School have been lodged with Council, inching the project one step closer to completion.

A development application for the multi-purpose hall was submitted to the Yass Valley Council on Monday 3 May.

It’s hoped the new space will be better able to accommodate for the school and local community.

The proposed hall will allow for a full-size basketball court as well as storage and amenities such as toilets and change rooms, a raised stage, staffroom and foyer entry and a first-aid room.

The $9 million for the hall was a 2019 state election promise from both the Labor and Liberal parties, both claiming the current infrastructure was no longer fit for purpose as enrolments at the school have been soaring since 2014 when Mt Carmel’s high school closed.

Yass High is currently the only local option for secondary education and currently has around 600 students.

ACT Public Schools also tightened rules on enrolling non-ACT residents in public schools in January 2018.

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In order to allow for the hall, demolition of the current basketball court and seven demountable classrooms has been proposed.

The proposed hall is a single level hall of just over 1000 square metres and it is hoped it will be used for community activities such as competitions, performances, exhibitions and presentations after school hours.

A design verification statement submitted as part of the DA by Webber Architects confirms the hall is expected to conform architecturally to the rest of the school. Likewise, the environmental impacts of the plan have been taken into consideration given it is such a green space.

“The design of the hall has taken into account positive environmental measures including large window areas to allow sunlight warming up the hall in winter. At the same time, the roof has been strategically designed to give cover to the windows in summer,” the report read.

It also confirmed durable materials have been chosen in order to reduce the need for long-term maintenance.

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Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the DA being lodged was great news as it will benefit the school and community for many years to come.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said she was proud the NSW Government is delivering its historic school building commitment with communities receiving new and upgraded schools across the State.

“The Liberals & Nationals Government are supporting schools by providing them with modern school facilities, building infrastructure for the community and creating a safer and stronger NSW,” she said.

Construction is scheduled to start later this year on the Yass High School hall project.

Over the next four years, the NSW Government is set to invest $7 billion in public education infrastructure.

To learn more about the proposal, visit the Yass Valley Council website.

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