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Heat on McGowan over Moora Residential College closure

The Nationals Leader Mia Davies has issued a warning to Premier Mark McGowan after a large crowd turned out for today’s rally to save Moora Residential College: “regional WA won’t back down”.

Ms Davies attended the rally in Moora alongside local member Shane Love MLA and Nationals colleagues Martin Aldridge MLC, Colin de Grussa MLC and Vince Catania MLA.

Similar to the resolve shown by communities when faced with the closure of the School of the Air earlier this year, Ms Davies said the Labor Government had again underestimated regional families.

“This Labor Government thought they could get away with these cuts,” Ms Davies said.

“The message is clear: it should not matter whether your postcode is that of Mount Lawley or Moora – Mr McGowan needs to be a Premier for all West Australians. Right now he is just a Premier for Perth.

“The Nationals stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Moora and the surrounding districts in opposing the heartless decision to shut the residential college.”

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The Nationals WA team joined hundreds rallying against the closure of Moora Residential College.

Mr Love said the Moora community had a famous fighting spirit, immortalised in the “Moora brick” campaign during the early 2000s when the Gallop Labor Government broke a promise to renovate the flood-damaged local hospital.

“The campaign was so successful that Labor had no choice but to change its decision,” Mr Love said.

“Today the community has launched a new campaign – to save the Moora Residential College and I know they won’t stop until the funding decision is reversed.”

Central Midlands Senior High School stands to lose almost 20 per cent of its student population and an estimated $350,000 in funding if Labor’s plan goes ahead.

Staff at both CMSHS and the residential college will lose their jobs.

Mr Aldridge said the Labor Government were prioritising the education of city students over their country counterparts.

“Just this week the Premier announced 10 new schools to be built in the metropolitan area, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, all of which are located in Labor-held seats,” Mr Aldridge said.

“Yet here we are today in Moora protesting the closure of Moora Residential College – the savings for which represent a pittance compared to what Labor is pledging to spend in Perth.

“It’s hard not to be cynical about these cuts in country WA when the dollars seem to be flowing freely in Perth.”

Mr Aldridge, a former student at Moora Residential College, addressed today’s rally.

Media enquiries:

Alex Massey 0418 688 733 e: alex.massey@losp.wa.gov.au

Josh Nyman 0413 243 440 e: josh.nyman@losp.wa.gov.au

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