SHOALHAVEN City Council has received a development application for a $5.3 million environmental and field studies centre at Woollamia from exclusive Sydney school Trinity Grammar.
The 40-hectare site is a mix of cleared grazing land, wetland and native forest, fronting Woollamia Road, backing onto a 20m public reserve and then Currambene Creek.
The proposal includes an educational complex towards the front of the site, while in the northern part of the property near Currambene Creek, there will be a waterfront activity centre, involving a learning platform and raised boardwalks.
The field studies centre will be purpose-built, designed to cater for groups of up to 88 students and 10 staff in two accommodation buildings for residential stays, ranging from four nights to 25 nights, during the school year.
The living spaces will be serviced by a central hub comprising kitchen and service area, and there will be a self-contained three-bedroom house for a full-time caretaker as a separate development application.
While not forming part of this current development application, permission will also be sought for the construction of a jetty and walkway to connect to Currambene Creek and enable water-based activities and research to be undertaken.
Trinity Grammar School is the largest Anglican boys’ day and boarding school in NSW with campuses at Strathfield and Summer Hill and an enrolment of 2000 boys.