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Whitley’s Expansion Project

28 Oct 2021

Principal of Whitley College, Professor Rene Erwich is thrilled to announce that Whitley’s expansion plans have entered a new phase of development, with construction works set to commence in early 2023.

The development of the college building will help carry Whitley College into the future. This physical growth is mirrored by Whitley’s strategic focus, to grow community outreach and relationships and grow the college with new enrolments as people seek to be part of this warm and accommodating facility.

Whitley Principal René says that they have worked closely with architects to plan for the expansion. “Our combined vision is to have a facility which will greatly enhance the student experience, as well as one that builds on the hospitality and welcoming spirit that is synonymous with the college,” he says.

The development will result in a new library, a chapel, a cafeteria, and greater teaching and event spaces.

Building works will extend to the rear of the property, preserving Whitley’s beautiful heritage facade.

René believes that as the college celebrates its 130th anniversary, it is important to look back with gratitude at the vision of its founders. “But we also look to the future, and to our continued mission to offer theological education that ‘explores a living faith’ in our context and times.”

Whitley has been occupying a temporary location since 2022, at the University of Divinity’s facility at St Paschal’s in Box Hill. This will continue into 2023 also.

“So many of our students tell us they love and appreciate the hospitality and welcoming aspect of studying at Whitley,” he says. “We look forward to having the capacity to extend this hospitality to the broader Baptist community.”

Professor Rene Erwich asks that the Whitley community might pray for continued blessings in relation to the college at what is a very exciting time.