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College fight must continue


While many of us continue to celebrate long-awaited confirmation of State Government money for a Horsham College rebuild, it is important to remember that this fight is far from over.

The college will need every bit of the $10-million that the government has pledged to complete the first stage of the project. It will then need at least another $10-million to finish the job.

The truth is that while the college has finally broken through for a major win, it is a win that has taken almost two decades to achieve. Based on the expectation of taxpayers and the ‘free-education’ promise of Australian society, it is also a fight the community should never have needed to wage.

Regardless of rhetoric to the otherwise, if there was ever fuel to fire cynicism over political attitude to regional areas and safe seats then it has surely been the Horsham College issue.

Considering the college is the product of an unfinished merger between Horsham High and Horsham Technical schools 20 years ago, it must rate as one the great examples of government neglect of our region, from both sides of politics.

It is hard to describe it any other way when you consider about 1000 children, gathering on the site daily, have long been getting a secondary education in an unacceptable environment. The powers that be have also been fully aware of circumstances and wasted money on inappropriate and costly bandaid measures.


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Posted on Mar 26 2014

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