School land not for sale: minister

THERE are no plans to sell large quantities of NSW school land, Education Minister Verity Firth says.

The NSW opposition has obtained the Education Department's draft strategy to identify land at NSW schools for subdivision or rezoning.

The document says land holdings above the standard school site size, six hectares for high schools and three hectares for primary schools, are considered 'surplus'.

It also says sites will be considered on the basis of zoning and availability of services.

But Ms Firth says she has never seen the internal document.

“No proposal of this sort has come to me,” she said in a statement on Sunday.

“School communities can rest assured I would never agree to a proposal like this.”

Ms Firth said under government policy, the department only sells school land where it is not needed for educational use and sales are only made after extensive community consultation.

There was no pressure from treasury to sell off large quantities of land, she said.

Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell said the document raised concerns.

“We have the memo, the memo that makes it clear to all schools across the State that under this State Labor government, your land can be sold,” he told reporters in Sydney.

“This memo breaks new ground; this memo says to every school across the State 'you could be next'.”

  • THE NSW Roads and Traffic Authority has spent more than $23 million to move its head office five kilometres to a new destination.

Almost $1 million of that money was spent on chairs alone and $200,000 was spent on relocating staff, News Limited reports.

The RTA moved headquarters last month from its Surry Hills premises to its new home in North Sydney, to the tune of $23,620,965. Other expenses included $2.5 million for desks, $1.5 million for partitions and $136,000 for blinds. News Limited acquired the financial breakdown of the move under a Freedom of Information (FoI) request.



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