Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

A 1988SQ M slice of 20,000sq m around the her­itage-listed WA Deaf School is pro­posed for sale in a State Gov­ern­ment bid to raise $250 mil­lion by get­ting rid of 20 as­sets to pay debt and re­store WA’s AAA credit rat­ing.

“The sale process will vary from one piece of land to another with some sites ready to go to mar­ket now, and oth­ers that will take more work to get ready for sale,” Premier Colin Bar­nett said last week.

Shen­ton Park Hos­pi­tal, Su­bi­aco’s Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal and 1800sq m of of­fice space at the Clare­mont Oval de­vel­op­ment are also un­der the ham­mer.

Last week, Cab­i­net cre­ated a Land As­set Ad­vi­sory Group to pro­vide ad­vice on more sales across WA and the Depart­ment of Lands was told to au­dit all Gov­ern­ment ti­tles

The 1988sq m near the deaf school, which could fetch about $3000-$4000sq m, could pro­vide about 1300sq m for houses at the west end of the 20,000sq m, which the Gov­ern­ment has di­vided in to precincts com­pris­ing 7000sq m around the school, 5000sq m im­me­di­ately west and 8000sq m along War­ton Street on the south­ern bor­der.

A Depart­ment of Lands spokes­woman said it would be in­ves­ti­gated how the school’s her­itage list­ing could af­fect “fu­ture uses” of the re­main­ing part of the 1988sq m.

Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme No.3 says the 20,000sq m needs a struc­ture plan to pro- duce an “in­no­va­tive de­vel­op­ment” after the spe­cial character of the site is con­sid­ered.

How­ever, a ver­sion of TPS3 that went out for pub­lic com­ment last year said the Gov­ern­ment do not support the coun­cil’s two-storey limit on the 20,000sq m, be­fore the re­stric­tion was re­moved from LPS3’s fi­nal ver­sion that be­came law in July.

Keep Cott Low founder John Ham­mond said LPS3 did not pro­tect all the 20,000sq m, which was “up for grabs”, and “con­certed com­mu­nity op­po­si­tion” was needed if the her­itage of the school was to be saved.

Op­po­si­tion leader Mark McGowan said Mr Bar­nett risked de­press­ing the mar­ket and not get­ting best prices, when $250 mil­lion would pay for about two months of in­ter­est on WA debt.

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