Question: Proposed Sale Of Rostrevor College Land


Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:01): My question is to the Minister for Education in a similar vein. Can the minister clarify this: will Norwood Morialta High School benefit additionally from any proposed sale of the Rostrevor campus land, or are the proceeds of the sale of that land slated to go towards the school's $30 million grant, or will the money from that sale be returned to general revenue?

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Minister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (15:02): In principle, the sale of land—if there should be any—does not go back to general revenue. In principle, it's spent on education. Members will be aware that with the voluntary amalgamation process we have been very fortunate to have a position from Treasury that has enabled us to not even wait for the sale of the land but to have the market value agreed upon and provided to the site where the amalgamation is occurring.

However, it is premature to talk about exactly what will happen with Norwood Morialta. We have been pleased to be able to identify a significant amount of money but, as the member would be well aware, we are currently in the process of discussing with the University of South Australia where their Magill precinct idea takes them in reference to a move, or a consolidation, or an upgrading of Norwood Morialta. I am not in a position to discuss that publicly any further until we have had those conversations.

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:03): Supplementary: does the $30 million grant that has been announced for Norwood Morialta include any money from the sale, potentially, of the Rostrevor land campus, or is that $30 million guaranteed even if the Rostrevor campus is not sold?

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Minister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (15:03): The $30 million is not contingent on anything, the $30 million that has been identified. We are not in a position to talk about whether there will be any land sale.