Moora plight highlights need for rural education support

Ensuring strong access to quality educational outcomes in rural areas was critical to the continued future success of regional communities and the industries based there, according to Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett in response to the plight of Moora residents fighting to save their high school boarding house from closure.

Moora Residential College provides children living in remote areas with a boarding facility to access the Central Midlands Senior High School based in Moora.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has announced the school would be closed because the cost of addressing its defective and non-compliance issues were too significant.

Cr Bennett said he would support Shire of Moora CEO Alan Leeson’s campaign to fight the closure.

“Those of us in regional WA understand the crucial role that good education opportunities play in retaining people in the regions,” Cr Bennett said.

“Retaining these facilities is essential to the long term viability of both the mining and agricultural industries which are so critical to the economy of this State,” Mr Bennett said.