Loreto College last week announced that it has signed contracts to acquire land in Lucas at the corner of Cuthberts Road and Finches Road.
For the past two years the College has been working to identify and source a suitable parcel of land that would allow for ambitious future plans. The location in Lucas provides a large greenfield site at the heart of major residential growth in Ballarat.
Principal Michelle Brodrick said, “It is exciting to be able to expand and provide new opportunities for learning through the development of a new campus to complement the existing Lake Wendouree site. We will now enter into a period of consultation with staff, students, families and the community on the design, features and use of the 13.5 hectares”.
Integra General Manager Matt McCabe welcomed the news that Loreto College have announced plans to expand in the Ballarat western growth corridor.
“We are thrilled with the news that Loreto have announced further expansion plans. Loreto are an amazing institution who have been educating young women in Ballarat for 145 years and worldwide for over 400 years. We feel privileged to have such a leader in the provision of education expanding in Ballarat and wish the college well through their planning and design phase”.
The expansion will help to meet the growing demand for Catholic education in the Loreto tradition in the region. Recently retired Principal, Ms Judith Potter and past Board Chairs, Mrs Geraldine Frantz and Mr Shane Carey envisioned the new campus, inspired by Loreto Ballarat founder, Mother Gonzaga Barry as a role model for expansion and innovative change. Historically, the College has always been attuned to the impact of social and economic change. The overarching strategic goals for the new campus indicate an exciting step in its evolution, which will serve to reinforce its reputation as a leader of girls education. Current Board Chair, Mr Luke Dunne said, “We look forward to now working with our College community, Local and State Governments to bring this dream to fruition.”