The Nationals WA have welcomed an $8.7 million commitment by the Federal Government to keep Moora Residential College open.
Leader Mia Davies said today’s announcement ended nine months of uncertainty for students and families who have been abandoned by the State Labor Government.
“Today is a great day for the people of Moora and the Central Midlands,” she said.
“This is a hard-earned victory for people power that will warm the hearts of every regional West Australian.”
Ms Davies hailed the perseverance of the Moora community and of others across the State who had banded together to fight the McGowan Government’s cruel decision.
“I thank Federal Nationals Leader Michael McCormack for stepping in to provide certainty for students and families that use Moora Residential College in place of the State Government, which has responsibility of the State’s education system,” Ms Davies said.
“Our Nationals team made a commitment that we would not rest until this heartless decision was reversed and today we have got the outcome we have been fighting for since just before Christmas last year.”
The Nationals WA team were in Moora last week meeting and speaking with the community about transforming the town into a regional education hub.
The Nationals committed to rebuilding the College and starting plans for an integrated education precinct in Moora, including a K-12 community college and TAFE, should they be returned to Government at the next State election.
Local MP Shane Love said The Nationals would not be backing away from the commitment.
“For Moora to survive and thrive into the future we need to ensure the town has the highest standard of educational facilities. We intend to follow through on our plans,” Mr Love said.
Ms Davies said The Nationals’ focus would remain on reversing Labor’s other education cuts that remain a stain on the Budget papers.
She said the Party would push ahead with its plan to amend the State Government’s Foreign Buyers Tax legislation to reverse all remaining education cuts.
“We will continue the fight for our camp schools and to restore the money the Labor Government intends to strip from WA’s agricultural colleges,” she said.
“Our proposed amendment would allow the State Government to reverse millions of dollars’ worth of education cuts, freeze TAFE fees and still pocket a large slice of revenue for budget repair.”