WATCH: Take a walk through Ballina's new high school
CONSTRUCTION of the new $50 million Ballina Coast High School is to get underway with the development application approved and the tender for the main works signed off.
Minister for Education Rob Stokes said the project would feature the latest technology and innovative classroom design to ensure students are learning in the best possible environments.
"The school will be built to prepare students for the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow," Mr Stokes said.
"It will feature flexible teaching spaces with moveable furniture so teachers can configure the space to maximise learning for individuals, small groups and whole class activities."
Mr Stokes visited the Ballina school site, part of a major schools infrastructure program for the North Coast, with Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin.
A flythrough of the project released today shows in detail of how the school will look.
With demolition works of the old classroom blocks complete, construction proper of new future-focused learning spaces can now begin.
The project comprises the following:
• demolition of most of the existing Ballina High School buildings;
• retention of the existing Marine Discovery Centre, aquaculture building, sports courts and another building to be used for Agriculture;
• new buildings of varying heights, up to three storeys;
• a new outdoor sports court.
Mr Franklin said the new high school was the NSW Government's flagship regional school project.
A condition of the Department of Planning and Environment's approval was there be sufficient car parking.
There will be 47 car parking spaces on-site.
Bitumen sealing and line marking will provide 29 formal off-site car parking spaces along Martin St.