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What to do with the empty schools?

By johnboy 23 April 2006 8

The ABC is reporting on musings by Greens Leader Deb Foskey as to what can be done with the schools soon to be vacated by the Government razor gangs (she hasn’t seen her way clear to actually putting a media release online).

Deb would like them given to child care or community groups.

It’s an attractive idea at first glance. On the other hand child care is a commercial beast and why are we giving them rent-free premises? Or the “Community Groups” for that matter?

I’d certainly like to see the sports grounds officially turned over to general community use, but why not tear down the ugly monstrosities of the buildings to build new homes and generate some revenue for the Government at the same time?

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kimba 1:29 pm 24 Apr 06

Bulldoze them and put up more units or lease them to Christian or specialised schools – they never seem to be short of numbers – wonder why?

Community groups, why not? Sports House at Hackett is a good example.

bonfire 12:22 pm 24 Apr 06

a coop could run childcare as a non-profit venture.

a school could be a perfect place for this.

the problem remains as always – staffing.

as long as parents choose to palm off the raising of their children to others for whatever reason, usualy to make more money for luxury goods/lifestyle reasons, then the demand for childcare will exist.

i was watching a report on this recently – peopel are sending under 3’s to childcare all day while they work.

thsi is just irresponsible. surely the child will grow up as an insecure troubled sole after being abandoned by its mother at such an age.

Thumper 11:38 am 24 Apr 06

Ah, nice try Roland, but I asked about the locals Greens, not Federal.

I’ve read the Federal greens site, I was interested in the stance by local and whether or not you simply follow the federal party line or not.

I guess your answer clarifies the question.


Roland GRNS 11:17 am 24 Apr 06

As a (simple) local ACT political advisor, not a public figure, I can most hep you by pointing you to the front page of the Auatralian Greens website []which has a substantial amount of info and articulates the Greens viewpoint on West Papua.

Thumper 11:05 am 24 Apr 06


I’m interested to hear the ACT Greens policy, or lack of, regarding West Papua, given the flurry of half truths that have been coming out of Bob Browne’s office recently.

Or are the ACT Greens more concerned with local politics, which I believe you should be.

Roland GRNS 10:10 am 24 Apr 06

No we’re not

johnboy 9:40 am 24 Apr 06

but we’re still talking about preferential treatment for one industry based on community sentiment?

Roland GRNS 9:33 am 24 Apr 06

Just to clarify:

using school buildings for childcare does not need to be rent free.

The Teddy Bear Childcare Centre at the old North Curtin Primary School pays about $80k p/a, for example, and the Chinese-Australian early childcare centre (at AMwson, I think) pays about $25k.

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