The Nationals WA have announced their plan to deliver a fully integrated education hub in Moora should they form Government after the 2021 election.
Leader Mia Davies announced the plan in Moora on Monday, confirming The Nationals would fund a full refurbishment of Moora Residential College as well as build a K-12 community college and deliver integrated TAFE facilities.
“This is a comprehensive plan from The Nationals that will see Moora reborn as a key education precinct for the Central Midlands,” Ms Davies said.
“I am in Moora today to make an ironclad commitment that The Nationals will re-open Moora Residential College as a top priority upon returning to Government.
“We will use these next two and a half years to consult and listen to the local community to ascertain what is required to see Moora become an education hub.
“We will make this town a place where teachers want to come and work. Families will feel secure knowing they don’t need to send their kids to Perth or Geraldton just to get an education.”
In December 2017 the state Government announced the closure of Moora Residential at the end of the 2018 school year.
The regional cuts to education came three days after the unveiling of plans for a new inner-city school to be built alongside Perth's Subiaco Oval.
Moore MLA Shane Love said a dedicated education precinct co-locating a K-12 community college, modern residential student facilities and integrated TAFE was essential to retaining a strong population in Moora and promoting future growth of the town.
“The K-12 community college model was delivered by The Nationals in Government at both Merredin and Carnarvon. Mt Barker is also home to a successful community college,” he said.
“These developments have proven to stimulate local economies during construction phase, improve attraction and retention of staff and allow for the inclusion of specialised, purpose-built facilities to enhance education outcomes for students. The Nationals will now deliver this model for Moora.”