The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has wasted no time in continuing the push to pause and review the merger of the four public secondary school in Shepparton and Mooroopna into one super school, calling on the Government to listen to the many concerns of the Greater Shepparton community.
Speaking during the first week of State Parliament after the winter break, Ms Lovell focussed her comments on the widespread community anger to the plan, which culminated in a packed public meeting in Shepparton last week.
Ms Lovell also tabled in the Legislative Council a petition with 1364 signatures. The petition was organised by the Stop Shepparton’s New Super School group, led by founder Robyn Boschetti.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell congratulated Mrs Boschetti for organising the public meeting, which saw around 300 community members in attendance, the overwhelming majority against the merger of the four current schools into one large super school.
Ms Lovell also called on Minister for Education James Merlino to recognise and comply with the formal resolution of the meeting to pause the merger whilst an independent review, that must include further community consultation, is carried out. The resolution was carried almost unanimously, with only a handful of attendees not supporting it.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Last week’s public meeting organised by the Stop Shepparton’s New Super School group showed everyone the level of concern and in some instances anger within the community regarding the new super school.
“It was a pity that Mr Merlino couldn’t front up to the meeting in person to see for himself the heartache his decisions are causing students, parents and teachers.
“I call on the Minister to heed the resolution of the meeting, listen to the many concerns from the community and pause the merger until further consultation into the education system Greater Shepparton families want is carried out.”
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