THE campaign to get funding for a new senior campus for the Wonthaggi Secondary College is back on track.
State MP for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing, put her personal disappointment aside last Monday to pay the school a visit and catch up with Acting Principal, Darren Parker, where she reiterated her support for the project.
And she has already raised it again with the Education Minister James Merlino at the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearings, at which she is a panellist, last week.
“Darren and I had a really constructive meeting at the school last week about the next steps for securing funding, and I’ve also offered to meet with the school council and students as advocacy work and local campaign efforts continue,” Ms Shing said this week.
“This is an absolute priority for the area and our best chance to secure a new school as soon as possible will come from everyone partnering together with and for the Wonthaggi community.”
Mr Parker agreed the meeting was constructive but there was also an edge to the exchange between the pair.
“We had a frank and honest discussion about the decision and she said she understood the disappointment and the impact on the wider community,” Mr Parker said.
“She has pledged her support for us continuing to agitate for this funding and has offered to meet with the school council and other community groups supporting a campaign to make it happen.
“She acknowledges that we have to have it and is keen to be seen to be standing with the community on this. She’s been very good about it.”
Shing stands with Wonthaggi Secondary, not against it