Parents, teachers and students protesting the closure of Moora Residential College. 30 January 2018. (ABC News: Robert Koenig-Luck)
The Moora Residential College has been saved from closure after the Federal Government announced a plan to hand it a financial lifeline.
The Commonwealth will provide $8.7 million in capital funding to the rural college in WA’s Wheatbelt to fund “major refurbishment” of its facilities.
A fierce grassroots campaign has been growing since the WA Government announced a decision to close the school, as part of a suite of measures aimed at saving money within the Education Department.
The joint federal statement, from Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, said the State Government had accepted the capital grant for the college.
“(The State Government has) committed to providing the necessary ongoing recurrent funding to keep it open,” he said in a statement co-authored by Finance Minister and WA Senator Mathias Cormann and Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price.
“Investing in the college facility reinforces the Federal Government’s ongoing commitment to building a strong and accessible education sector in both regional and metropolitan communities.
“The Federal Liberals and Nationals Government is committed to supporting rural and regional students to access secondary education, ensuring they have the same opportunities as students living in cities.”
More to come.