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Kinross Wolaroi's big plan for "outdated" facilities revealed

June 23, 2023

Kinross Wolaroi School and (insets) plan from the DA. Facebook/Orange City Council.
Aerial image from the DA.

Aerial image from the DA.

By Peter Holmes

Kinross Wolaroi School (KWS) has submitted plans to Orange City Council for a significant development at its Bathurst Road campus.

The site of the proposed development is at the Icely Road frontage.

KWS is seeking approval for alterations and additions to a student accommodation building Wolaroi House.

The proposal involves the construction of a two-storey addition to the eastern side of Wolaroi House.

The proposed building would connect to the existing accommodation building and its main arrival/entry.

Minor works would be required on the ground floor of the existing building to provide a corridor link to the new accommodation building.

The new building would include staff accommodation (for head-of-house) with living/dining area, kitchen, office, private open space, laundry, powder room and garage on ground floor, and three bedrooms, ensuite and main bathroom on first floor.

Plans from the DA.

The student accommodation rooms on ground floor and first floor would include 16 quad share rooms and eight single rooms with shared bathrooms between two rooms for Year 11 and 12 students.

Student support facilities on the ground and first floors would include two house tutor accommodation rooms with kitchenette and ensuite, breakout areas, common room and outdoor private open space area.

There would be a Year 8 staff/study area on the first floor, bathroom amenities including an accessible facility on each floor, utility areas including a lift, storage room on each floor, cleaners’ room, mudroom and laundry.

“The aim is to continue to provide a high quality educational and boarding offering that benefits those currently involved with the School but also ensures that the School remains current and attractive to others that are contemplating decisions regarding their children’s education,” the DA stated.

The proposed building has been designed to remain consistent with the architecture and external finish of Wolaroi House, the DA stated.

Shadows at different times of the day, per DA.

“The School is not looking to increase its enrolment capacity based on the construction of this building. Rather, the project continues the School’s ongoing program to upgrade its facilities and improve its overall function to offer high quality education.”

The new accommodation building would replace “outdated” student accommodation currently being provided elsewhere on the school campus within the historic Wolaroi Mansion and Trathen House.

The Wolaroi Mansion will be the subject of a separate proposal/development application, which would see the removal of all student accommodation from that building.

Cricket nets would be relocated, and there are “various shrubs and small trees that will require removal”.

Materials and colour schemes from the DA.

The applicant for the proposed development is Kinross Wolaroi School.

Orange City Council is the consent authority.

The application will be on public exhibition until Thursday July 6, 2023. During this period, any person may make written submission on this development proposal to Council. The exhibition documents are available for viewing here or at the Customer Service Counter of the Civic Centre (ground floor) Byng Street, Orange.

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