Moora Residential College is saved following an $8.7 million capital grants from the Federal Government.
The announcement has caused a sensational reverse on the McGowan Government’s decision to close down the residential college following the State Budget.
The $8.7 million will allocated to refurbish the residential college, which has been opened in the community since 1974.
Federal Finance Minister and WA Liberal Senator Mathias Corrman believe the funding injection will provide certainty to regional families.
“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 statement said.
“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.”
WA Premier Mark McGowan has responded by confirming that he has accepted the capital grants offer from Mr Cormann on Monday night.
Mr McGowan says recurrent spending of approximately $500,000 will be continued by the State Government, at the same time expressed his wish to work closely with the local community.
“We are always very clear during the course of this debate the capital works were the issue, the 8.7 million dollars and the Federal Government has decided to meet that cost, so we’ve accepted their offer,” Mr McGowan said.
“I now look forward to working with the local community as of the Education Minister to make sure this works effectively, and to make sure that the residential college continues to operate, when we work through the issues of construction and alike at the residential college in conjunction with the local community.”
Following the government’s backflip, the State Opposition has demanded the McGowan Government to reverse other cuts towards education.
Shadow Education Minister Donna Faragher says the State Government has no excuse not to reverse the cuts to farm schools, community kidergartens and services.
“This decision leaves the McGowan Government with no reason to not reverse its other mean-spirited education cuts to Landsdale Farm School, the Agricultural Education Farms Provision Trust Fund; community kindergartens, Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre, camp schools and other organisations unfairly impacted,” Mrs Faragher said.