Old school up for sale

THE site of the former Bremer State High School is still up for sale almost three years after it went on the market.

The school site at Silkstone became surplus to the State Government when it announced in August 2008 it would move to a new site.

It was part of the government’s State Schools of Tomorrow program that also included closing Dinmore and Blackstone schools.

But while the shiny new Bremer State High opened this year, the derelict old school site has been left to start the decay process.

Yesterday, Member for Ipswich Rachel Nolan said the for-sale sign was still on the school.

“It is the government’s intention to sell the site. That was announced when it was announced the school was being closed,” Ms Nolan said.

“The intention then was for proceeds to go back into the education system and go towards building the new Bremer High.”

She said she wrote to new Minister for Government Services Simon Finn last week asking what the time frame was for the site.

“People in the community ask me about it from time to time. We’re going to sell it; it’s a matter of when,” she said.

“There are a number of possible uses for the site. I imagine it would be used for a small-scale housing development.

“It’s a prime location and it would be ideal for a number of uses.

“The usual process is that when public buildings are used for a certain purpose they belong to the department that looks after that. So when the school was operating, they would belong to the Education Department.

“The usual process is that after they stop being used they are transferred to the Department of Public Works and they would do an assessment on the condition of the buildings and the possible use of those buildings.

“If they can’t be used I would expect Public Works to determine how to dispose of them.”

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