Residents have say on Menangle school site

Feedback sought: Wollondilly Council is seeking community consultation on what should be done with the old Menangle School site.
Feedback sought: Wollondilly Council is seeking community consultation on what should be done with the old Menangle School site.

Menangle residents have spoken – they want the old school site to be restored.

Wollondilly Council staff held a community consultation session in Menangle on the weekend to ask residents what should be done with the old run-down site.

Council’s facilities and recreation planner Lauren Ackerly said about 10 residents gave there feedback.

“Most people want the site to be restored,” she said. “People want it to be turned into a multipurpose hall for community groups to use.

“Another option was a community museum that would celebrate the history of Menangle and the agricultural industry.

“A sustainability centre, a community garden, fitness equipment, a workshop for a men’s shed and walking paths were also raised as potential uses and ideas for the site.”

Mr Ackerly said public toilets and power at the site would likely be needed at the site in the future.

The council is in the process of planning for the future of the site and will create a masterplan.

Unused: The old Menangle School lunch shed has fallen into disrepair. The council will create a plan for what to do with the site.

Unused: The old Menangle School lunch shed has fallen into disrepair. The council will create a plan for what to do with the site.

“The next step will be engaging a landscape architect to review the community feedback and draft a landscape masterplan,” she said.

“Then there will be another round of community consultation and the final masterplan will be presented to councillors.”

Council’s Infrastructure Strategy and Planning manager Mike Nelson said a masterplan was essential so the council could budget and source funding for the potential restoration project.

“The feedback will guide any future works or improvements to the area and it will make sure it us somewhere the whole community can enjoy and be proud of,” he said.

Ms Ackerly said the site’s resotration could be completed in stages.

“It is clear the community want something done with the site,” she said.

In April, councillor Matthew Deeth renewed calls to restore Menangle School after years of it sitting idle.

Cr Deeth told the Advertiser the building, if restored, “would make a great community asset”.

To have your say: call 4677 1100 or login to council’s Engage website to post ideas on the interactive map or add your comments http://www.engage.wollondilly.nsw.gov.au/projects/e/oldmenangle-school-site-180907. Comments are open until September 7.

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