Federation has called on Premier Michael Baird to urgently intervene in the sale process for 35-39 Bridge Street, Sydney.
The Government has already sought registrations of interest to buy the heritage-listed property that has been the centre of the NSW public education system for more than a century.
Federation President Maurie Mulheron said the building symbolised a time when governments had a commitment to public education.
He said the current government had been reduced to a vendor of state assets. “It doesn’t see its role to preserve and maintain our assets and heritage,” he said.
Mr Mulheron warned there was potential for any new buyer to be the subject of protest action.
A NSW Government Trade and Investment brochure advertising the Education building and the Lands building at 23-33 Bridge Street to an overseas market stated the buildings had “potential for redevelopment as luxury hotel, high-end residential apartments or retail or office towers”.
In a letter to the Premier, Acting General Secretary Sue Simpson asked Mr Baird to “deploy your office and authority” to find a “suitable public purpose for the site and thereby honour the children, the citizens, and NSW heritage that this building represents”.