The Knox School to Sell Prominent Phillip Island Boys Home, Latest in String of Schools Playing Property Developer

EASTERN suburb college The Knox School is the latest educator looking to play property profiteer.

This time, in the quiet hamlet of Newhaven (pictured, right), about a two hour drive south of the CBD, Knox has won permission to build what will be privately owned apartments and townhouses in and around a historic chapel on an exclusive 1.4 waterfront block overlooking the mainland.

Knox bought the Forrest Road property in 2004 promising to re-invent the site into a specialist campus for its Wantirna South students.

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BER Waste Being Uncovered

THE levels of waste being uncovered as part of the Rudd government’s Building the Education Revolution are continuing to come to light with a report in The Australian showing school canteens built by the Catholic school system under the controversial $16.2 billion program, are up to five times cheaper than those delivered by the government.

Geraldton’s St Lawrence Primary School at Bluff Point has developed a 10m x 7.5 m canteen for $4043 per square metre.

By comparison, the governments “unusable” small NSW canteens, measuring 8.47m x 3.1 m, costs $23,000 per square metre.

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UTS Broadway Campus to Undergo $427 Million Redevelopment

THE SYDNEY University of Technology has approved a $427 million redevelopment of its inner-city campus, which will see the addition of housing for an extra 720 students. Premier Kristina Keneally said concept plans were approved for the expansion of UTS’s Broadway campus. Details of the redevelopment can be found here:

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Lend Lease Wins $250 Million NSW Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney School Contract

Lend Lease Corporation Limited (“Lend Lease”) today announced that its subsidiary, Bovis Lend Lease Pty Ltd (“Bovis Lend Lease”) has been appointed Managing Contractor by the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney for the programmed rollout of new facilities and refurbishments across 110 Catholic schools in the Sydney Archdiocese. The Building Education Revolution contract is valued at A$250 million, which takes the value of Bovis Lend Lease’s education infrastructure projects in progress to over A$1 billion.

The works are part of the Australian Government’s $42 billion Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan and are scheduled for completion in March 2011.

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LIMS Building Starts Construction in Bundoora

MELBOURNE’s next unique office – which will in this case be configured as a laboratory and classrooms – starts construction in Bundoora this month.

La Trobe University’s $93 million La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science (LIMS) project will rise six levels from Science Road, at its Bundoora campus, about 17 kilometres north of town.

The biotechnology and nanotechnology education facility is due for completion late next year.

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La Trobe University Sells Argus Building For $15 Million

Argus buildingLA Trobe University has offloaded its asbestos-riddelled Argus newspaper building for $15 million, after spending $34 million trying to get a project off the ground.

Education entrepreneur Shesh Gale, owner of the Melbourne Institute of Technology operation which targets international and domestic students, plans to redevelop the 84-year old building into a teaching facility.

The Australian reports Mr Ghale will spend about $50 million on the renovation, which should be completed by the end of 2011.

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Celebrities Oppose Development of Third School Around Their Streets

CELEBRITIES Kate Ceberano and Gina Riley have opposed the development of a new Jewish School, on the former Regent Lodge site, in Elsternwick.

An application has been received by the Glen Eira Council to develop the 2,989 square metre site at 46 Regent Street into a three-level school, capable of accommodating 325 students.

Kate Ceberano, and Ms Riley’s husband, Rick McKenna told the Herald Sun traffic caused by the added school would cause chaos around the small suburban street.

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