Reserved land will be sold to meet asset sale target
LAND previously reserved for schools and teacher accommodation will be targeted and sold off as the Education Department strives to meet a $70-million asset sale target.
Queensland Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek confirmed to a parliamentary Estimates hearing this morning that just more than $38 million in assets was sold in 2012-2013.
But the target was set at $70 million to help cover an almost $300million maintenance backlog across Queensland schools.
Mr Langbroek confirmed that value needed to be met.
He said the education portfolio had $18 billion in assets, including more than 2500 parcels of land across the state.
Education deputy director-general Jeff Hunt said the department had looked at land unlikely to be developed in the short or medium term.
"We have considered that these aren't likely to be developed in the short or medium term, therefore they are an asset that we don't necessarily need," he said.
The sale of land at the former Bremer State High School last year generated $6.87 million in revenue while five lots reserved for teacher residences in Emerald raked in almost $650,000.
A residential land sale at Charleville generated $66,700 while land at Blackstone State School sold for $524,400.
Mr Hunt said the government looked at other methods to house staff and teachers.
"There are other methods of housing, the department already leases housing from other government departments as well as leasing from private accommodation for the purpose of teacher or staff housing," he said.