A hundred-strong cohort of angry protesters marched to the steps of Parliament house on 13 March with a convoy of massive trucks hooting their support behind them. It was but one of the protests the Moora Community have orchestrated to appeal to the Labor Government to reverse the devastating plans to close Moora Residential College at the end of this school year.
With the future of not just the College, but the school, and not just the school but the families, the wider community, the sporting groups, and the local businesses at risk, the people of Moora have vowed not to give up. “We will not go away!” said Shire of Moore Councillor Louise House in ending her address.
Moving speeches from Central Midlands High School Head Boy Andy Penny, his mum Samantha Ryan and P&C President Tracey Errington were applauded by the huge crowd, who waited stoically in the heat. But the pleas fell on deaf ears, as the Premier has shown his dismissive attitude to the cause – declining to even respond at the rally.
Correspondingly an attempt by Education Minister Sue Ellery to blame the previous government met with disgust from the crowd, who turned their backs when she spoke.
The community is asking for just $500,000 to save the college, provide stability for the students and halt the devastating flow-on effect for the town of Moora and surrounds.
Support for the campaign has now snowballed with the community enlisting support from friends and family all over the world. The Facebook page has been flooded with images showing support for the campaign with pictures of posters and placards in world locations.
Show your support for the Save Moora College campaign!
Download the poster below and display it in your shop, business or car – and share a pic on social media!