Future Planning

Planning for the future at Mt St Michael’s College

Mt St Michael’s College has an established learning culture that values excellence and diversity, where students are confident to pursue their passions and are equipped for the demands of higher education, work and life.

Our holistic approach to education provides opportunities for our students to develop 21st century skills so that they may become lifelong learners and global citizens. These skills will help them become critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, risk takers, collaborative team players and confident, creative and productive users of technology.

To make sure the College can continue to offer a transformative curriculum, we are investing in the improvement of our learning environment and student facilities.

We have determined that a Ministerial Infrastructure Designation (MID) process would be the most appropriate approval pathway to meet our long-term needs.

Soon, we will lodge a request that the Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning designate our premises for the development of infrastructure for educational facilities.

The proposed MID will apply to the whole Mt St Michael’s campus, which fronts Elimatta Drive, Amarina Avenue and Aloomba Road. The aerial photograph below outlines the campus.

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Figure 1: Aerial map of the campus and MID area

Requesting a Ministerial Infrastructure Designation (MID)

The Ministerial Infrastructure Designation (MID) development approval pathway provides a streamlined, whole-of-government response. A MID provides for the timely delivery of essential community infrastructure, such as schools, hospitals and healthcare services. The MID process is an alternative assessment pathway to lodging a development application with local government.

The requirements for requesting a MID are set in the Planning Act 2016 and the Minister’s Rules and Guidelines v1.1 (which falls under the Planning Act).

To support the MID proposal, a range of technical assessments are undertaken. These assessments help us to understand the possible impacts of the development and how these impacts would be addressed. All the documents supporting a request for a MID are included in a single ‘environmental assessment report’, which refers to both the built and natural environment of the area.

Our report will include:

  • a response to the criteria for requesting a MID, outlined under the Act
  • an explanation of the proposed development
  • architect's plans and renders
  • possible impacts from the development and how they would be addressed (e.g. traffic, environment and noise)
  • matters raised by Brisbane City Council
  • documents to be distributed during the formal engagement period and any engagement activities which may be held.

We are collecting technical information to support our report at this stage. Technical information will be available online when we have lodged the report with the Minister.

Our Project

Mt St Michael’s College has engaged an experienced project team to develop plans for a new learning centre.
The learning centre will include a new library, general learning areas (GLAs) and space for the College administration.
Including the ground storey, the new learning centre will be three storeys.

Mt St Michael’s College is committed to designing a campus that meets current and future curriculum requirements, integrates with the surrounding landscape, and provides architectural interest and aesthetic appeal.

Currently, the project is in the planning and approval stage. As part of this planning stage, the College has developed initial plans, which include the scale and form of the building.

While we are only in the early stages of planning, to date we have designed the learning centre to:

  • maximise the use of natural light in general learning areas by having south facing glass and high-level windows
  • reduce heat from afternoon sun by using blade style walls and glazing
  • naturally ventilate the library and general learning areas
  • maximise output from solar panels through roof pitching and design
  • use outdoor landscaping to reduce concrete heat
  • repurpose materials from the existing building.

These proposed improvements are intended to accommodate the needs of our existing number of school staff and students.

Building location on campus

The new learning centre requires the removal of the Innovation Centre. Even though the Innovation Centre is an old building, it is not listed in Council’s City Plan heritage overlays, the local heritage register, or the state heritage register.

Noise impacts

Mt St Michael’s College has been a part of the local Ashgrove community for almost 100 years. The area has changed a lot in that time. We appreciate that noise from our campus can impact neighbours, so we have designed the proposed new learning centre to minimise noise travelling from the campus to neighbours.

For example, we ensured that there are no balconies facing our residential neighbours. We have also ensured that the open outdoor learning space on Level 2 of the proposed building is designed to face inward to the campus.

How to find out more about our plans for the future and the MID

If you have questions about our plans for the future, or any comments, you can also contact the College project team at planning@msm.qld.edu.au