The Anglican School Googong will be an essential element of the new community of Googong and the surrounding Queanbeyan district. Like the township of Googong, the School too will set new benchmarks for environmental and social sustainability in which we will serve the local community and demonstrate our stewardship for the creation that God has entrusted to us. The liturgical life of the School will be central to the learning community and will be accessible to the wider Googong community.
We are already Associate Members of Kosciuszko 2 Coast and are partnering with them to learn about and care for the local environment in which Googong is located. This partnership involves in part the re-establishment of habitat for the Glossy Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami) which is proudly featured in the School’s logo.
Another important partnership is with the traditional owners the Ngunawal people whose land encompasses what is now Canberra, Queanbeyan and surrounding districts including Googong.
CIC Australia, in conjunction with Queanbeyan City Council, has completed a Community Plan for Googong. This has identified the community facilities required to meet the needs of residents. Among the facilities to be provided are:
- a multipurpose centre in the town centre, which will include a council shopfront, library and community hall as well as meeting and activity rooms
- an indoor sports and aquatic centre, with two sports courts and a 25-metre eight-lane pool
- two neighbourhood community centres
- a community clubhouse with facilities such as an indoor pool, tennis courts and a gym
- recreational facilities including seven sports fields, ten tennis courts and six netball courts
- five neighbourhood and 13 local parks
- a network of walkways and bike paths.
Over time the Googong town centre will become the urban, retail and commercial focal point for the five neighbourhoods. This town centre will be about the same size as Manuka, with a variety of shops, cafés, restaurants, community facilities (including an aquatic and sports centre and a library) and commercial premises.