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Proposed residential project at Springwood

St Thomas Aquinas Primary
St Thomas Aquinas Primary.
St Thomas Aquinas Springwood Parish church
St Thomas Aquinas Parish church.

On Monday 4 February 2013, the third Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, visited the Blue Mountains region to outline his hopes and vision in an address to more than 150 clergy, principals, parishioners and school families and staff from the Parishes of Katoomba, Lawson, Springwood, Glenbrook and Emu Plains at the Bishop Manning Learning Centre, Springwood.

As part of this visit, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP announced a proposed plan to release a parcel of Diocesan land at the rear of the Springwood parish/primary school site for large residential blocks of land. The proposal is for no more than 42 blocks in keeping with the existing nature of the area.

The Diocese has commenced a process of community consultation and all necessary surveys and reports to ensure preservation of any protected flora and fauna and Aboriginal archaeological sites. The Diocese will release the detailed plans to the Blue Mountains community when finalised in the coming months.


  • No more than 42 large residential blocks (minimum size 1200m2) to be released over three stages.
  • Located behind St Thomas Aquinas Primary School on land owned by the Diocese.
  • Proposed land usage for the project is just 2% over total land parcel and is already zoned for residential living.
  • Proceeds from the project will help to continue to provide support to the works of the Church and Blue Mountains community through liturgical, sacramental, education and social outreach.
  • The development will see retention of open space for both the school playing fields and public amenities.
  • All necessary due diligence, surveys and reports have or will be conducted to ensure preservation of any protected flora and fauna and Aboriginal archaeological sites. (including consultation with the Aboriginal Land Council and local community groups)
  • Lodgement of the development application is expected to occur in April.

Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the size of the project (development) e.g. how many housing blocks?

2. Where is the project?

3. What about the environmental issues/native wildlife?

4. What about traffic concerns/safety of students?

5. Will the school/children lose any playground space?

6. What will you do with the proceeds?

7. When is the project/development likely to happen?

8. Who will sell the land?

9. Will there be other developments in the future?

10. What will happen with the Elmhurst heritage site?

Further information:

Select the ‘Springwood Residential Project’ enquiry option on our Contact Us webpage.


News Story: High hopes for Blue Mountains Catholic community 

Blue Mountains Gazette report
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