As part of the Connected Communities program, the NSW
Department of Education required the design and construction of a
number of schools in regional communities that have high numbers of
Aboriginal students. The department engaged GHD to manage the
design and construction of three schools in Moree, Walgett and
Through consultation with the local communities, GHD designed
the schools to accommodate the cultural needs of the students and
the broader community.
This included incorporating open community spaces and large
glass doors that help Aboriginal children stay connected to the
outdoors and country. Walgett Community College boasts a new
multimedia and performing arts room, which has glazed doors that
open to create an outdoor performance space.
Community spaces at the schools are used by Aboriginal health
services and other groups, such as women’s and men’s groups, which
helps to address social issues and achieve positive social impact
in these regional communities.
GHD worked with the communities and the department to
incorporate innovative design elements that would not only fulfil
the needs of the students and the community, but also provide a
template for the design and construction of future education and
public facilities within the Connected Communities program.