Sale of Enmore School in the Herald
The sale of the Enmore school was reported in today’s Sydney Morning Herald on page 5.
Paul Bibby Urban Affairs Reporter
July 8, 2009
THE former Enmore Public School was snapped up yesterday by a Sydney property developer who plans to convert it into townhouses.
The heritage listing prevents Mr Newey from demolishing buildings, but he can renovate them to accommodate 15 townhouses.
“It was never going to be a school again once it was sold – the contract with the Education Department forbade it,” he said. “We’re going to preserve the heritage value as much as possible.”
The sale was a blow for activists and the NSW Greens, who had fought to retain the site for educational purposes. They say the number of children in the region is growing.
The department has consistently claimed that demand for education in the area has been static or falling in recent years. But its own statistics show that between 2003 and 2008 enrolments at five schools within a five kilometre radius of the site had risen by 60 per cent or more…