January 30, 2018

Government must listen to Moora community

The State Opposition has repeated its call for the McGowan Government to make the right decision and announce it will not close Moora Residential College.

Shadow Minister for Education and Training Donna Faragher MLC and Liberal Agricultural Region MLC Jim Chown today joined hundreds of members of the Moora community protesting against the proposed closure of the College.

“The community is steadfast in its opposition to the closure which will have a major impact on this growing regional centre,” Mrs Faragher said.

“The community’s message is clear: Keep the College open.

“Minister Ellery and the McGowan Government have shown an ability to reverse decisions before. They will have the Opposition’s support if they revisit this and the other remaining cuts,” Mrs Faragher said.

Mr Chown said the protest was a clear demonstration of how angry members of the community were and it was imperative the Government took on board their concerns.

“I am aware the Minister has met with representatives of the Moora community; she now needs to show she listened and reverse her decision,” Mr Chown said.

"She knows that if the Moora Residential College is closed, there will be economic and social impacts that will follow. This will be her legacy as Education Minister if she does not reverse the decision.

“I know she does not want to be seen to be making another backflip, but is attacking an essential and much needed educational institution that is an important part of a close knit community the cost the people of Moora must bear so she can save face? I sincerely hope not.

Mr Chown called on Labor’s members of the Agricultural Region to speak out on behalf of their community and call on their Minister to reconsider her decision.

Mrs Faragher said the community of Moora had come out once again and made their views clear.

“The Government now needs to listen to the community’s concerns and reverse this decision immediately,” Mrs Faragher said.

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