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Forest High: Relocation funding set aside in NSW Budget

FUNDS TO MOVE: Funding has been set aside in the NSW Budget for 2021/22 for the relocation of The Forest High School. Picture: Geoff Jones
FUNDS TO MOVE: Funding has been set aside in the NSW Budget for 2021/22 for the relocation of The Forest High School. Picture: Geoff Jones

FUNDING for the relocation of The Forest High has been set aside in the NSW Budget, but the actual location it's moving to is still under wraps.

The NSW Government will deliver funding for 44 new and upgraded school projects as part of the 2021/22 Budget to be handed down on Tuesday.

Forest High's relocation is among three education projects on the northern beaches that will receive funding through the Berejiklian government's $2.1 billion investment in schools. Others include an upgrade at Manly Village Public School and the Narrabeen Education Precinct.

The site of Forest High's relocation has been the subject of much speculation since the announcement of the new Frenchs Forest Town Centre.

An artist's impression of the Frenchs Forest Town Centre.

An artist's impression of the Frenchs Forest Town Centre.

Earlier this year the Department of Education, the NSW Government and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) declined to address rumours of a relocation to the charity's Allambie Road site.

"We're not in a position to comment on any considerations by the NSW Government to repurpose any component of the land," a CPA spokeswoman said at the time.

In a statement to the Northern Beaches Review this week, a NSW Department of Education spokesperson confirmed funding for the school's relocation would be announced in the Budget, but would not confirm the new location.

"The relocation of The Forest High School will deliver new fit for purpose learning spaces and core facilities, the spokesperson said.

"School Infrastructure NSW is currently undertaking an assessment of planning requirements for the relocation of The Forest High School. To date, this has included investigating the costs and benefits, spatial requirements of upgrades, and how they might fit within the wider Frenchs Forest community.

"A project reference group has been established that includes architects, planners and design professionals, and representatives from the Department of Education, The Forest High School and the P&C."

The spokesperson said further updates regarding the relocation of The Forest High School would be released as the project progresses.

An artist's impression of the Frenchs Forest Town Centre.

An artist's impression of the Frenchs Forest Town Centre.

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