Sig­na­tures for school

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BYCORAL COOK­SLEY

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.

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