Joint Media Release

Future of Moora Residential College secured

MC 57/18

Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann
Minister for Finance and the Public Service
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for Western Australia

The Hon. Melissa Price MP
Minister for the Environment
Federal Member for Durack

The Hon. Michael McCormack MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

Leader of The Nationals
Federal Member for Riverina

4 September 2018

Moora Residential College has been saved from planned closure by a Federal Government capital injection, giving students, parents and regional communities renewed certainty.

The Federal Liberals and Nationals Government has today revealed it will provide $8.7 million in capital funding to the Moora Residential College to fund a major needed refurbishment of Moora Residential College facilities.

The Australian Government offered the capital grant, which the State Government has accepted and committed to providing the necessary ongoing recurrent funding to keep it open.

Investing in the College facility reinforces the Federal Government’s ongoing commitment to building a strong and accessible education sector in both regional and metropolitan communities.

The Moora Residential College was opened in 1974 and enables isolated students throughout WA to access boarding accommodation to enable them to attend Central Midlands High School.

A move to close the facility resulted in a grass roots community campaign, supported by many local Federal Members and Senators, which highlighted strong community support for its continued use.

Funding to secure its future will now be provided under the Federal Government’s Community Development Grants program which aims to support infrastructure to promote stable, secure and viable local and regional economies. 

The Federal Liberals and Nationals Government is committed to supporting rural and regional students to access secondary education, ensuring they have the same opportunities as students living in cities. 

Western Australia is a vast state and the Federal Government is committed to ensuring fair support is provided to remove or reduce any geographical disadvantages in the provision of essential services such as student education.

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Media Contact(s): 

Mr McCormack – Colin Bettles 0447 718 781 | Dom Hopkinson 0409 421 209
Senator Cormann – Karen Wu 0428 350 139
Ms Price – Andrew Brosnan 0418 203 356

Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance and the Public Service, Perth