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Students and wider community to benefit from new multi-purpose hall at Jannali East Public School

A development application (DA) has been lodged for a promised $4 million multi-purpose hall at Jannali East Public School, which will benefit the wider community.

The two-storey, steel frame building will be used not only by school pupils and teachers, but also for out-of-school-hours care, and will also be available for community use.

Thirty-one trees will need to be removed for the proposed development in the north-eastern part of the school site, adjoining Box Road, well away from heavily vegetated land at the rear, which joins on to a bushland reserve.

The project was promised at the March 2019 election.

Miranda MP Eleni Petinos said the lodging of a DA with Sutherland Shire Council was "a step closer" to the hall being available for students".

Then Education Minister Rob Stokes, with MP Eleni Petinos, promises the new hall at Jannali Public School during the 2019 election campaign. Picture: John Veage

Then Education Minister Rob Stokes, with MP Eleni Petinos, promises the new hall at Jannali Public School during the 2019 election campaign. Picture: John Veage

The hall will comprise:

  • Lower ground floor: Canteen and canteen office, sports and PE stores, boys and girls amenities and unisex accessible amenities.
  • Ground floor: Hall and stage, out of school hours care store, kitchenette and office, accessible amenities and covered forecourt.

The school entry from Box Road will be upgraded to include a new accessible ramp.

The DA said 31 mostly native trees would need to be removed. Of these, 25 were assessed by an arborist as higher value 'category A' trees and six as low value 'category Z'.

"However, no threatened species, populations or communities were detected during the field assessment and none [is] likely to occur," the DA said.

"Proposed landscaping includes areas of garden beds and planting which will integrate with the existing school setting."

The DA said the location, next to adjoining buildings, was the subject of a comprehensive master planning and design process, involving a range of stakeholders, including members of the school's community.

The site "provides an opportunity to enhance the school's connection and relationship with the local community, creating a prominent, welcoming entry to the school," the DA said.

Established in 1956, the school has seen little change, apart from the addition of seven demountable buildings.

The DA said a search of the council's online DA register found a single application, in 2016, for an electronic sign.

The school has about 370 students and no changes are proposed to that number as part of the proposal.

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