Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Schools that ate Moonee Ponds

Another large and prominent property in Moonee Ponds has fallen into the capacious property portfolio of a local school. Rumour has it that Hillebrand's tennis centre in Park Street, Moonee Ponds, has been purchased by Lowther Hall CEGGS.  A house in Sherbourne Street said to be owned by Lowther Hall has recently been demolished.  The school reputedly owns other houses in Sherbourne Street.

Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School Park Street campus is busy purchasing properties in Park Street and Ardmillan Road, and St Columba's is snapping up houses in Buckley Street and Lorraine Street.

It can't be long before they all meet in the middle.

Rather more insidious than property developers, these schools are quietly chewing up our suburbs - perfectly good homes are now empty awaiting the implementation of some Master Plan. 

Is any responsible planning body taking note, I wonder?  Do we want three super-campuses in the centre of Moonee Ponds/Essendon?  Is three enough? 

Where is Save Our Suburbs now?

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