- The land is valuable real estate and will command a premium at auction.
The proceeds will allow other schools and frontline services to
continue to provide education and essential services.
- The Hurlstone land is surplus to current educational needs.
- Agriculture can be effectively taught in just half of Hurlstone’s future allocation.
- There is no need for an agricultural college to be based in what is (now) suburban Sydney, so far away from where real agriculture happens.
- The demand for agricultural qualifications is falling, even within the schools own intake. Most students don’t go to Hurlstone so they can acquire knowledge from the farm.
- Hurlstone is producing fewer and fewer true farmers and has lost its original primary focus on agricultural study.
- The Hurlstone farm is being mismanaged and is running at a loss.
- Hurlstone doesn’t have enough resources to maintain the farm properly.
- There are few avenues of real agricultural study actually being taken at Hurlstone – the extra land is mostly for helping students look out the window and think they are in the country.
- Hurlstone administration is elitist and feels it is entitled to stake its claim on a huge property asset while other schools and services suffer the brunt of the current economic tightening.
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