Enmore School sold for $2.8million

by Max Phillips

Audio of Enmore School being sold at auction.  Shame Labor Shame!

The state Labor government has flogged off another public asset.  Enmore High School was sold this morning at auction for $2.8 million.

Save Our School members hand out information at the Auction of Enmore School held at The Rocks

Save Our School members hand out information at the Auction of Enmore School held at The Rocks

Enmore school was opened in 1887 and has been a public education institution in various guises ever since.  Now the hopeless Labor state government has sold it so a developer can convert it into 15 apartments.

The community group, Save Our School, and local Greens were out the front of the auction handing out information to potential bidders.

The auctioneer said the property was “a potential goldmine”, and that a developer could “make a squillion dollars”.

The auction room packed for the sale of Enmore School

The auction room packed for the sale of Enmore School. Four bidders drove the price to $2.8 million.

Bidding started at $1.3 million, with four bidders driving the price up to $2.8 million.  Not a lot for such a large building.  The people of NSW, and in particular the Inner West, have lost a precious public asset and heritage building for a song!

The successful bidder was an older man whose identity is unknown at this stage.

The local member, Carmel Tebbutt should be ashamed at her government’s behaviour.  As should Education Minister Verity Firth, under whose watch this school has been sold.  How useless is the Labor Left if they are instrumental in flogging off public education assets to developers!

Read Green Councillor Cathy Peters press release on the sale of Enmore School.

Carmel Tebbutt has taken some media flack for her temper tantrum last Friday.  The Sydney Morning Herald has run this on the back page Diary:

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It could be the pressure of holding down a marginal seat and the deputy premiership, but Carmel Tebbutt put on a turn fit for the bearpit when confronted by a group of local activists at Australia Street Infants School in Newtown. The Marrickville MP, whose seat is under attack by the Greens, had patiently listened to concerns about the proposed sale of Enmore Public School site last week, when she appeared to suffer a brain explosion. Having extricated herself from the throng relatively unscathed, Tebbutt suddenly stormed back to demand that the activists remove a modest collection of petitions tied to the school fence. “You are using this school for political purposes – it’s disgraceful,” a red-faced Tebbutt said. The outburst only served to incite the citizenry, one of whom proceeded to follow Tebbutt down the road for some 20 metres, while returning fire.

The letters & petitions that annoyed Carmel Tebbutt.  Perhaps she doesn't want to know what the community actually thinks?

Some of the letters & petitions that annoyed Carmel Tebbutt. Perhaps she doesn't want to know what the community actually thinks?

While the Inner West Courier ran a front page story on the same incident (will post when it is online).

Read all about Enmore School here.

Enmore School  - Metropolitan Road, Enmore NSW

Enmore School - Metropolitan Road, Enmore NSW

One comment

  • I know how much energy, work, & emotion went into trying to stop this sale. It is gut wrenching to think that this can happen in the face of so much dedicated, well organised opposition. Public property in the hands of a developer!!. The economic crisis will never end while our government persists with this mentality. What exactly will happen to that 2.8 mill I wonder?. You have all worked extremely hard & can be proud that you have exhausted every avenue possible. There is NO sense in this move, it is greed once again.

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