Former Penrith Public School infants site up for sale

Hammer time: The former Penrith Public School infants site is up for auction. Picture: Gary Warrick
Hammer time: The former Penrith Public School infants site is up for auction. Picture: Gary Warrick

THE old Penrith Public School infants site is up for sale.

The school site, on Henry Street near the Evans Street bridge, dates back to the 1870s when it was the original Penrith Public School location — for both primary and infants.

It wasn't until 1917 that the current primary school site was developed up on High Street, where it currently sits next to the high school, according to Penrith librarian and historian Lorraine Stacker.

Many local school attendees, up to just a generation ago would be familiar with the old site as infants classes continued on Henry Street until the 1980s.

Just the older grades moved into the new building.

Ms Stacker said there was a push from parents for years before the new school building was established up on High Street.

"They always had a problem with that site because the creek runs along the back of it and kids were always ill from it," Ms Stacker said.

"You had a hospital at the top of the hill and they dumped all their fluids into a hole which ran into the creek.

"It was known as Typhoid Creek."

She said the school site had a very compelling and long history.

"It has a pretty interesting history and a lot of local people were involved in that history," she said.

Government Property NSW has confirmed the sale.

A spokeswoman said there was a tender process under way to determine the purchaser and that would run until August 6.

Council have confirmed that one of the lots in the block for sale, which has the old school building, does include a heritage site.

"If that was sold, heritage policies require development consent for any change of use or alteration to any heritage item," a council spokeswoman said.

The relevant Local Environment Plan says any developer wishing to gain consent must lodge an application to council identifying the significance of the site and the extent their proposal would affect the site.