2020: a serb odyssey
Intermittent deluges of rain have interrupted, and from time to time delayed completion of scheduled civil works at St. Sava College, but patience has delivered results. And they are nowhere more evident than from above. Given the scale of external works, it is near impossible to appreciate the magnitude of the task at hand from ground level. Elevate a drone over the property and environs, and the story moves us to a whole new dimension. Getting to where we are in 2020 has taken patience, gargantuan collective effort, considerable funds and the overcoming of a host of hurdles. Its more than a simple story, its… an odyssey – a Serbian odyssey.
This massive property of 176 acres, was purchased in 2004 with a clear vision in mind. The country roads, five acre farms and rural properties were then earmarked for development, and in the last fifteen years, South West Sydney has grown into the city’s largest urban development. Where the odd cow, dilapidated glass houses and spooky abandoned shed once stood, entire suburbs have sprung up. Willowdale on Camden Valley Way is the closest of these, just 200 metres from St. Sava College. The perimeter of native bush on and around our property is bordered by upgraded arterial roads servicing the thousands of families that have moved into the area. Shopping centres, sporting facilities, schools, recreational parks and transport infrastructure are transforming the entire area into an affordable and desirable place to live.
Population growth, which continues to grow unabated at an average of 127% per annum over the last five years, has seen many Serbian, Greek, Russian, Arab and other Orthodox families move into the area. Submitted expressions of interest are indicative of God’s blessing and a most positive future for St. Sava College.
St. Andrew’s Road groans under the weight of dozens of trucks that daily journey from the WestConnex site at St. Peters out to the College. On arrival, the earth moving and compacting machines pound soil and road base into place, as the two huge sports fields, parking areas and roads take shape. Enjoy the inspiring drone footage, expertly filmed and edited by Alex Savidis and stay with us, on our path to opening St. Sava College in January 2021.