Old school site is up for grabs

THE Raymond St site of the former Sale Specialist School will soon be up for grabs, opening up opportunities for an expansion of the Port of Sale development.

The school was declared surplus to education needs by the Department of Education and Training last year, following the relocation of staff and students to the new purpose-built Sale and District Specialist School in 2018.

A department spokesperson said in accordance with government policy, the site would first be offered for sale to other government departments and Wellington Shire Council, before being offered to the public.

It is believed Wellington Shire Council could consider the site for the Port of Sale east bank development.

The council has appointed consultants to undertake the ‘Port of Sale East Bank Redevelopment Study’, and investigate the strategic land use opportunities and planning provisions needed to guide redevelopment of the eastern side of the Port of Sale on the former specialist school land and former Sale High School land.

With a TAFE planned close to the site, the former school land is considered “of considerable significance” by the council, and would allow for a larger Port of Sale Cultural and Civic Precinct that could link to an education hub.

The redevelopment site is bound by Desailly St to the west, McMillan St to the south, Raymond St to the east and more generally by The Wedge (Wellington Entertainment Centre) to the north, with prime frontages to Desailly St, the Port of Sale and Raymond St.

Following community consultation in February 2019, ratio planning consultants prepared draft planning scheme provisions for the use and development of the site, with the details currently being reviewed by stakeholders, including the Department of Treasury and Finance and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Following the review, a final set of planning provisions will be presented to council for consideration.

The Department of Education and Training spokesperson said money raised from selling surplus school sites went towards maintaining and upgrading school infrastructure across Victoria.