Minister Price announces Moora Residential College future secured
September 4, 2018
Federal Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price is thrilled to announce today, that Moora Residential College has been saved from planned closure by a Federal Government capital injection, giving students, parents and regional communities renewed certainty.
The Federal Government has today revealed it will provide $8.7 million in capital funding to the Moora Residential College to fund a major needed refurbishment of Moora Residential College facilities.
“I have been pushing very hard for the college to remain open and am thrilled the Federal Government has stepped up and saved this extremely important facility,” she said.
“This is some of the best news for my electorate and I am very proud my support and lobbying for this outcome has been realised; parents and students can now enjoy the certainty of a bright future.”
Minister Price said the Australian Government offered the capital grant, which the State Government has accepted and committed to providing the necessary ongoing recurrent funding to keep it open.
“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,” Minister Price said.
The Moora Residential College was opened in 1974 and enables isolated students throughout WA to access boarding accommodation to enable them to attend Central Midlands High School.
A move to close the facility resulted in a grass roots community campaign, supported by many local Federal Members and Senators, which highlighted strong community support for its continued use.
Funding to secure its future will now be provided under the Federal Government’s Community Development Grants program which aims to support infrastructure to promote stable, secure and viable local and regional economies.
The Federal Government is committed to supporting rural and regional students to access secondary education, ensuring they have the same opportunities as students living in cities.