$9 MILLION. That’s the amount needed now to finish the job at the Korumburra Secondary College.
1500. That’s the minimum number of people needed to sign a petition calling on the State Government to come to the party.
Last week was quite a week at the local secondary college.
Not only did they farewell principal of four years, Abigail Graham, and welcome John Wilson into the role of acting principal but the school council also launched a petition calling on the State Government to commit an estimated $9 million to Stage 2a of the college redevelopment project.
The funding will pay for a complete demolition of the front part of the school, clearing the way for a new administration centre, modern classrooms, library and a whole lot more.
Together with the almost $6 million in stage 1 works, completed recently, it would provide a whole new school for our growing community.
“We had Danny O’Brien along to a council meeting recently and he had organised a petition for us with the Parliament and we’re looking to get a minimum of 1500 signatures,” said school council vice president Matt Rowe.
“The Wonthaggi Secondary College had success with their community petition and now that their project has been funded, it clears the way for the second stage of Korumburra to be funded as well.
“Danny said we need to have a minimum of 1500 signatures by February next year so that it can be picked up as an election promise by all parties.”
The petition was officially launched last Friday, November 24 exactly 365 days away from the next state election.
“We got a lot done with the first round of funding, including what the Community Engagement Committee was able to provide and we’re really well set up now to go on and complete stage 2a as well,” said Matt.

Community engagement
The KSC Community Engagement Committee has had some real success since it was formed, raising in excess of $15,000 towards needed works around the school.
“Thanks to a $5000 we got from Michaels IGA Supermarket, we’ve put up the goalposts on the oval and we’re now working on a number of other things as well. “The big one is the fitting out of the canteen, likely to cost around the $20,000 mark. We have around $7500 on hand but need at least that much again,” said Community Engagement Group member Sam Norrey.
“We’ve raised $7495 with the commemorative plaques project, and we’re still selling those. Prom Country Cheese has offered to put on a fundraising night for us and we have a few other ideas.
Projects on the list include: the canteen fit-out (fridges, sinks, flooring, cabinets, stoves etc), basketball fence and landscaping.
“The new project has really settled in now but it would be great to get a commitment from the State Government then it would be ‘job done’ for us,” said Matt Rowe.
There are petitions for you to sign at the Sentinel-Times’ office, at the school and at various locations around the town. Get on board!