$30m makeover for Iona

An artist’s impression of the college |redevelopment.
An artist’s impression of the college |redevelopment.

Principal Anne Pitos said the school’s heritage would be preserved, with five Moreton Bay fig trees dating from the early 1900s to be retained.

“The trees on the Iona Presentation College site date back to the early 1900s when the Presentation Sisters planted them in the first few years of Iona being on this site,’ Mrs Pitos said.

‘These trees are valued by the college, the Presentation Sisters and also the wider Mosman Park community.

‘We respect this and therefore the development has been specifically designed to retain the charm and natural beauty of our Mosman Park campus.

‘This includes the maximum retention of green space and our much-loved trees.”

The first stage of the proposed development would see the existing library and boarding house demolished to make way for a four-storey building incorporating visual arts, cafeteria, lecture theatre, library resource centre, staff community room and general learning suites, with adjacent parking.

The second stage would result in a number of buildings being demolished and new performing arts facilities constructed, which would include a multi-purpose auditorium, basement carpark and music, drama and dance facilities.

Mrs Pitos said the upgrade was not about increasing the number of students or competing with other schools in the area.

‘This facility upgrade is well overdue and recognises the fact that while many of our current buildings have served us well, a significant number no longer meet the requirements of modern teaching and learning,’ she said.

“Iona Presentation College has been a proud member of the Mosman Park community for over 100 years now and we have placed considerable emphasis on ensuring the completed development achieves an appropriate balance between the needs of our students while staying true to the heritage and values of this beautiful area.

“Through producing this proposal, the college and our architects, EIW Architects, have been very mindful of the heritage of the Mosman Park area and the position the Iona Presentation College campus has in that.’

Nearby residents will be invited to a community information session about the development proposal.