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(Australia) Lake Macquarie: New $4.8M (U.S.) autism elem. school for 80 students

Jan 23, 2023, Mirage News: New school, medical centre among regionally significant proposals

Regionally significant investment is booming in Lake Macquarie despite Australia’s economic downturn, with a new primary school for children on the autism spectrum and a $30 million health services hub among the major projects in the pipeline….

“We’re talking about new facilities and infrastructure that will improve services for our growing population,” he said.

“These are considered regionally significant developments, so they’re assessed by the Hunter and Central Coast Regional Planning Panel.”

Autism Spectrum Australia, also known as Aspect, is planning to build a new $6.9 million school on Harrisons Lane at Cardiff Heights, catering for up to 80 primary school-aged children.

The school, on a former nursing home site, would offer tailored learning for children from kindergarten to Year 6, with a high ratio of teachers to students.

Aspect Education National Director Maryanne Gosling said Lake Macquarie and the broader Hunter Region were home to more than 5500 children on the autism spectrum.

“We’re extremely excited to have secured this site in Cardiff Heights,” she said.

“With the growing population, the community, parents and carers have told us there is a need to provide more autism-specific schools.”


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