Social Infrastructure
Client:
School Infrastructure NSW
Date:
2019

Services Delivered:

  • strategy & policy
  • project definition & planning
  • option development & assessment
  • stakeholder engagement
  • governance establishment
  • business case writing, team leadership &
  • management
  • project assurance
  • land retention and divestment strategy
  • collaboration with state government agencies

Key Outcomes

Each project is well on its way to delivering a new model of agricultural education that will benefit students and teaching professionals across NSW.

Our advisors have so far delivered:

  • effective leadership and overall accountability for each business case
  • strong project governance and assurance processes
  • timely executive and Ministerial approvals 
  • assessments of asset utilisation and condition
  • successful stakeholder management and community consultation activities, and
  • rapid resolved complex stakeholder, technical and commercial issues.

The Project

School Infrastructure NSW is responsible for delivering new school buildings, major upgrades and maintenance strategies that will ensure every school-aged child has access to high quality education facilities at their local public school. ConnellGriffin was appointed to developed strategic and final business cases for four highprofile infrastructure planning projects.

Client's Objectives

School Infrastructure NSW sought to investigate and evaluate the opportunities, costs and benefits of investing in world class, contemporary agricultural education for students across NSW. ConnellGriffin was appointed as Senior Project Director for the following infrastructure planning projects:

  • Hurlstone Agricultural High School
  • The Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Education
  • Richmond High School, and
  • Yanco Agricultural High School.

Key Issues

All four projects are highly contentious locally and have attracted media coverage, negative community sentiment and Ministerial announcements. Each project involves complex stakeholder management issues, collaboration across multiple state government agencies and the management of multidisciplinary project teams to deliver final business cases within set budgets and timeframes.

Our Services

ConnellGriffin was appointed to lead a multi-disciplinary team of educational experts and specialist consultants for the development strategic and final business cases for submission to NSW Treasury. The work involves significant interface management of multiple stakeholders within the Department of Education, school community and state government, and requires strict application of project governance to control project scope and to deliver within the project budgets and timeframes.

Hurlstone Agricultural High School

Hurlstone Agricultural High School (HAHS) located in Glenfield is the only public, selective, co-educational, agricultural day and boarding high school in NSW. The school sits on an 89 hectare site within a larger 159 hectare site, with an operational farm, sporting facilities and boarding accommodation. It is one of four selective agricultural high schools in NSW.

The provision of boarding facilities at HAHS is a key component in achieving equitable access to selective, agricultural education for male and female students across the state. Rural and regional students with limited access to selective agricultural education locally and those unable to afford private school boarding fees benefit from these facilities. The project proposes to deliver new boarding facilities for up to 180 students. The current farm and dairy facilities are outdated and considered to have limited educational merit. Fit for purpose and future focused upgrades to the diary and farm facilities are proposed to allow the delivery of best practice Agricultural STEM learning opportunities and improved educational outcomes. This project also involves strategic planning and development of a land retention and divestment strategy for surplus educational land, which is proposed for rezoning for residential, commercial, community and open space uses.

ConnellGriffin’s role and responsibilities include:

  • scoping and managing the final business case for upgrades
  • developing a land retention and divestment strategy for Department of Education land to support the divestment of surplus land and future rezoning
  • overall project delivery leadership and accountability
  • stakeholder management and Community Engagement
  • obtaining executive and NSW Treasury approvals
  • SINSW Assurance Gateway Reviews
  • project governance, including project control group and executive steering committee
  • project team coordination (education, design, property, cost, program consultants)
  • coordinating specialist agricultural and property consultants
  • liaising with multiple agencies (NSW Treasury, DPIE, TfNSW, Landcom, OSL, Campbelltown Council)
  • resolving complex stakeholder issues
  • stakeholder management, public consultation & community engagement activities
  • program and risk management, and
  • assessing asset utilisation and condition.

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