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Diocese considers private-sector funding for schools

Wollongong Catholic Education Office Schools Director Greg Whitby has said that population growth in South-West Sydney will require a minimum of four Catholic primary schools and two high schools, and it is possible private-sector funding could be sought.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports today on the implications for education, of a massive State Government land release, which will bring 150,000 extra residents into the area, including 40,000 Catholics.

Mr Whitby said land is already being identified for new schools, and it was possible that private-sector funding could be sought.

"We are exploring every option; we would not preclude those sort of models," he said.

Both Catholic and non-denominational Christian school organisations want the Government to set aside affordable land as education precincts in the new land-release areas for non-government schools.

Mr Whitby said the schools "add value to the social fabric" of new suburbs and should have access to cheaper land. "Unfortunately, in our user-pays environment, we are continually forced to buy land at market value."

School groups look to private sector for building (Sydney Morning Herald 10/12/04)

Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Wollongong

10 Dec 2004