Signatures for school
BEECHWORTH Secondary College parents and supporters are continuing their push to see funding for much needed building works at the school and are now seeking community support through a petition.
The hard copy petition, to be delivered to the Victorian Parliament’s lower house - the Legislative Assembly - can be signed in 80 shops and businesses in Beechworth, Yackandandah, Stanley, Chiltern and Wodonga.
The ‘Let’s Build up Beechworth Secondary College’ campaign reignited earlier this year after ongoing state government failure to deliver promised funding for major building upgrades and infrastructure.
With architectural drawings finalised from funds allocated two years ago for the planning stage, the college remains waiting to call tenders for the project.
The school has pleaded for more than 10 years for capital works funding for the important upgrades.
The community-driven campaign has focussed on fairness.
“We think it’s only fair that students at Beechworth Secondary College have the same education opportunities as others across the state,” working group member Trudi Ryan said.
Attracting strong media attention including on radio and television, thousands of Victorians are now aware of the school’s plight.
An online e-petition to the Parliament of Victoria’s upper house, the Legislative Council, has been extensively shared from the group’s Facebook page too, and has collected hundreds of signatures.
Ms Truman said the whole community was encouraged to support the school and sign both petitions to help deliver a funding announcement.
“Regardless of whether or not you have a direct connection to Beechworth Secondary College, we all want the best for our kids and our young people,” she said.
“Signing these petitions will send a clear message to the government that our community really cares about these young people and their learning environment.”
Victorians can sign the hard-copy in shops and businesses for another week and the online e-petition until Thursday, July 19.
The online e-petition can be found at www.parliament.vic.gov.au/council/petitions/electronicpetitions/view-e-petitions/details/12/87.