January 23, 2018
Government needs to reverse decision to close Moora Residential College
The State Opposition is again calling on the McGowan Government to reverse its flawed decision to close Moora Residential College.
Yesterday, Shadow Minister for Education and Training Donna Faragher MLC and Liberal Agricultural Region MLC Jim Chown met with representatives from Moora Council including Shire President Ken Seymour, the Central Midlands Senior High School Parents and Citizens Association and its School Council to discuss their concerns and the impact this decision will have on Moora and the surrounding regional communities.
“The meeting highlighted once again that Minister Ellery and the McGowan Government have made the wrong call to close Moora Residential College,” Mrs Faragher said.
“Moora is a growing regional centre and the College is a key part of the community.
“The closure of Moora Residential College would significantly impact student numbers at the school. A key community concern is that the decision would put in jeopardy the school’s senior high school status and the ability to provide ATAR subjects to Year 11 and 12 students.
“It is quite clear that the negative impact arising from its closure would be felt across the entire region.
“The Minister met the same delegation and heard the same concerns.
“She would have heard first-hand what the closure would mean for students and the wider school community. She must have heard the economic and social impacts that would also inevitably follow from such a poorly thought-out decision,” Mrs Faragher said.
“Minister Ellery and Premier McGowan cannot delay any longer. The Liberal Opposition again calls on the State Government to step up, listen and reverse this decision.
“They need to listen to the concerns of those affected and reverse this decision immediately,” Mrs Faragher said.