18th August 2020
Dear parishioners, parents and friends,
I hope you are all keeping well and maintaining a sense of ‘balance’ during these extraordinary times.
I have wanted to provide an update on the progress of our parish development project at OLHC Epping for some time and am now pleased to be able to share with you the detail in respect to these matters. My apologies that this has taken longer than expected however rest assured that significant work and planning has continued in partnership with our developer Stockland. Due to the COVID situation, the logistical planning of the project has been hampered (in addition to the lengthy DA approval delay) requiring us to reconsider the timing of the project.
As many of you would be aware, the Development Application was only finally determined by the State Planning Panel on 11th May this year. I would like to once again pay tribute to ALL those involved in enabling us to reach such a positive outcome!
In light of the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Stockland and the parish have reached an agreement to push back the commencement of construction until early 2022. Given all that is happening, we feel this is the better way to proceed especially when it comes to the impact being felt by families in our schools.
This decision means OLHC primary school at Epping will remain on-site at our current location for all of 2021, rather than transition to St Agatha’s at the end of this year or at the end of term 1 2021.
As a result of this change, the new Parish Hall, underground carparking, parish offices as well as the new school building will also now be completed at the same time – so less disruption all round.
In partnership with Stockland and our architects, we will continue to work together in coming months through the next steps of the development process including refining the detailed design and operational requirements of all
parties. As the opportunity arises, we will seek to share in more detail the designs of what is being proposed and
welcome any feedback you may wish to offer. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we are unable to provide information by gathering everyone physically for another parish and community consultation however other options may be
possible and we will inform you once they become available. In lieu of being able to meet physically, we will also ensure regular updates are provided through our dedicated website.
Should you have any questions or comments please feel free to direct them to myself or our school principal Dominique O’Sullivan
May God continue to bless this opportunity to continue to equip the mission of the Gospel in this part of God’s vineyard!