23 October 2020

Site selected for new Murrumbateman primary school on Canberra's outskirts

| Hannah Sparks
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Murrumbateman residents have been calling for a school in the village for years. Photo: File.

A site has been chosen for the new Murrumbateman primary school which residents of the rural village on the outskirts of Canberra have been in support of for several years.

The 1.5-hectare site is located at 2 Fairley Street in the centre of Murrumbateman. The site can be accessed by parents and students from Fairley Street and Rose Street.

There are several developments either nearing completion or in the planning stages that will increase Murrumbateman’s population during the next few years, and the village’s residents say a school is needed to support families moving to the area.

Overlay map image showing the site selected for the new Murrumbateman primary school. Image: Google Maps.

NSW Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell and Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman made the site announcement on Friday, 23 October.

Minister Mitchell said securing the land was a significant and exciting step in the planning process for the new primary school.

“This school will be a valuable asset for local families, and benefit the Murrumbateman community for generations,” she said.

Ms Tuckerman said the long awaited announcement is welcome news to the Murrumbateman community.

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“Planning for new schools can take time because it’s extremely important that due diligence is undertaken at each step,” she said.

“We are working hard to provide a unique new school with modern facilities designed specifically for the community.

“Community feedback will be very valuable to further develop plans and concept designs for the new school.

“The Murrumbateman community is invited to learn more about plans for their new primary school, with a drop-in community engagement hub open next week.”

Kathryn Olsen, who is a parent representative on the Murrumbateman school planning group, says the site has “all of the services required to get a school built in the near future”.

“The site is right next to Murrumbateman Preschool and Fairley Early Childhood centre, near the middle of town. I am very excited to have a local primary school and one with modern facilities to meet the needs of children in our town,” Kathryn said.

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