106-year-old principal's house for sale by Newman government

A HERITAGE listed former principal's residence at an Ipswich state school has been listed for sale by the Newman government.

The 106-year-old Ipswich North State School house on Lawrence St was among $50 million worth of school land across the state listed for sale.

The list was tabled in parliament last week by Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek.

Queensland Education regional metropolitan director Chris Rider said the 1000sq m lot, located behind the school was no longer required by the Education Department.

"The residence was declared surplus to departmental requirements as adequate and affordable residential accommodation is available in the immediate area," he said.

"The property is not yet listed for sale and will be marketed to the public once appropriate processes have been completed."

The Queenslander-style home at the previous Ipswich North State School was constructed in 1907.

But the home has not been used as accommodation for the school's principal since 1990.

The house has been left vacant since at least 2006, Mr Rider said.

Ipswich West MP Sean Choat said any revenue made through the building's sale should go back into the Ipswich North school community.

The building is heritage-listed, and Mr Choat said the expense of maintaining a building with that stature may have been too much.

He said in the past year the school's enrolments have increased to 150, and school grounds will be a precious commodity as Ipswich's population grows.

"If there is going to be a sale there should be consideration for the school to go into new facilities. That sort of capital may be just what they need to get started.

"Every inch of ground that can be used with the school's future is very precious. We need to plan for the future and the school has a very bright future."

Under the former Bligh Government the Bremer State High School site and Dinmore State School were sold.

Blackstone State School was sold earlier this year, leaving two community groups, the Naval Association and Ipswich Genealogical Society, searching for a new home.

The former Bremer TAFE building in Ipswich was also sold with plans for it to be rejuvenated into a revitalised cafe and wine bar precinct.



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