This is your first sneak peek at Parramatta’s revitalised St Patrick’s Quarter precinct.
The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta has revealed its bold plans to renew the northern end of Parramatta’s CBD to cater for the city’s booming population over the next 10 years. The vision includes a new school, residential/commercial development and a new Diocese building.
The proposed St Patrick’s Cathedral College will eventually cater for primary and secondary students. St Patrick’s Primary School will be combined with existing Diocesan buildings on Victoria Road and Villiers Street to create the new school.
A new church administration building to be located on a currently unused section of St Patrick’s Cathedral grounds will accommodate staff from various Catholic agencies and ministries.
More details on a “modest” commercial/residential hub on the corner of O’Connell Street and Victoria Road will be unveiled shortly.
“The Catholic church has a proud history of contributing to the Parramatta community going back almost 200 years,” Diocese of Parramatta Bishop Reverend Vincent Long said. “Our mission is best served when we have the parishes, churches, schools and other physical infrastructure in place to meet community need, wherever that is. St Patrick’s Quarter will provide an exciting opportunity to bring many of our Catholic entities under the one roof, so that we can do more and be more together.”
The planning process will focus on community needs and reflect the principles of collaboration and sustainability. Priority will be given to ensure there’s sufficient recreational space for students. The church is committed to working with Parramatta Council on a robust and viable traffic management plan.
St Patrick’s Cathedral College is scheduled to open in 2020 with other components of St Patrick’s Quarter to follow soon after. Two other schools will be within close proximity, including the Old King’s School site, which will become the new O’Connell Street Public School and Our Lady of Mercy College (OLMC).
“As an independent Catholic girls school, OLMC will continue to transform young women to explore and beyond what they know they can be,” principal Stephen Walsh said. “OLMC is at the heart of North Parramatta, which is being transformed by a number of transport initiatives, heritage rejuvenation projects and building projects including the sports stadium redevelopment and the building of a new P-12 co-educational school. We look forward to working closely with the Diocese to achieve the best outcomes for OLMC students and families, creating a safe and vibrant North Parramatta.”