Central Sydney planning Committee Approves Notre Dame's Darlinghurst Campus

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Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 17-3-2006

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney

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The Central Sydney Planning Committee (CSPC) last night approved a Development Application by the University of Notre Dame Australia to build a Medical Campus at Darlinghurst.

The Approval allows Notre Dame to restore the Sacred Heart Church and parish buildings and construct a medical facility on the corner of Oxford and Victoria Streets.

At an estimated cost of $17M, the project includes $6M for conservation works.

The University welcomes the CSPC decision and will continue to work closely with the CSPC and planning officers of the City of Sydney Council to finalise the design of the new medical building, said University spokesman, Damian Gleeson.

‘Notre Dame will restore the dilapidated Sacred Heart Church to its rightful prominence in the community. No longer will parishioners be burdened by the prospect of their parish closing. The parish will receive a facelift that many other parish communities will envy.

‘Notre Dame will draw on its experience, notably at Broadway, where the rundown St Benedict’s Church and former schools buildings have been beautifully transformed in recent months to form an impressive University Campus, which the Prime Minister, Mr John Howard MP, opened a month ago.’

‘Since 2005 Notre Dame has worked closely with the Darlinghurst parish: we are grateful for support from the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney and the Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish, Fr Brian Egan, and we look forward to strengthening ties with the parish and broader community. The first medical students are expected to commence study at Notre Dame Darlinghurst in early 2008,’ Mr Gleeson said.

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