Swinburne University of Technology
The Liberal government is at it again. Members may remember the Baillieu Knight Frank advertisements, selling off a massive number of schools and ripping away educational opportunities for families and communities but making a fortune for everyone involved in the sell-off. The Liberal government and its mates have come back for more, with an advertisement by Knight Frank, no less, calling for expressions of interest in the purchase of the Swinburne Lilydale site, with the expression of interest closing on Thursday, 10 April.
The Yarra Valley Educational Precinct Committee has raised concerns about this so-called expression of interest. In a statement it said that the expression of interest:
- … is quite contrary to our understanding …
It also said:
- We were told that this was only an expression of interest in educational provision and that any issue of rezoning was not a matter for Swinburne. Yet the invitation specifically mentions potential rezoning to allow a variety of uses.
The Liberal government forced the closure of Swinburne’s university and TAFE campus at Lilydale. Now it wants to rezone and sell off the land, turning the buildings over to the local council for plush offices and to developers — a tragedy for local families wanting education pathways for their kids but a boon for the Liberal Party and its mates.