As with the last blog entry, I was reading up into more details of Sydney Public School sell off wave from the late 90s to late 2000s. What I wasn’t fully aware of is that not just selling the entire schools is a common practice, apparently selling part of the school is also done frequently as well. An example article is Squeeze put on Sydney’s overcrowded public schools on news.com.au.
Since 1987, 11 schools have been closed or amalgamated on the north shore – including Milsons Point Public School and North Sydney Public School.
SCHOOL LAND SALES 2000-2012
. Seaforth PS sold land for $2.5m, enrolments have increased since 2006 from 341 to 478
. North Sydney BHS sold land for $1.3m, enrolments stable
. Erskineville PS, threatened sale headed off after public outcry, enrolments up from 174 to 334
. Rozelle PS sold land for $1m, enrolments up from 304 to 537
. Bonnyrigg HS sold land for $1.1m, enrolments up from 776 to 1038
. Northmead HS sold land for $787,000, enrolments upfrom 715 to 896
. Gerringong PS sold land for $5.3m, enrolments up from 358 to 395
. Camden HS sold land for $7.5m, enrolments up from 1051 to 1176
. Hornsby Heights PS sold land for $650,000, enrolments up from 309 to 344
. Rydalmere East PS sold land for $1.8m, enrolments up from 176 to 191
. Willoughby PS sold land for an undisclosed sum (pre-2000), enrolments up from 733 to 939
I wasn’t aware of Willoughby Public School sold off part of school off. I looked at the overhead view of the school and cannot see which nearby part is the obvious subject of this selloff. Willoughby Public School happens to be one of the most crowded schools in North Shore area with the school that is under the proposal for a major upgrade. The funny part is that the money that results in these selloffs will not even able to purchase a decent size block in the same area nowadays.
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