Media Release – SKYHigh Builds Momentum for Year Ahead

The outline of critical campaigning activities to build the momentum for the Seddon, Kingsville and Yarraville High Community Working Group was the key focus of last night’s Annual General Meeting, held in Yarraville.

Outgoing President, Janine Lloyd said the SKYHigh Working Group had achieved much since its inception in 2003 with at least 3,000 members of the local community participating in SKYHigh events and a strong social media presence.

“Our focus has been to work with government to develop a robust argument that there is a need reopen the Footscray-Yarraville high school closed by the former Kennett Government. With 78 per cent of the 2,000 primary school students in the local area going on to attend a public high school, the existing high schools in the inner west will be at capacity in the next five years. It is critical the campaign communicates the overwhelming desire for a local high school to the State Government,’ Ms Lloyd said.

“In the lead-up to next year’s election it is critical to make the government hear our community’s demands.

”At the AGM, a number of community-based events were planned, aimed at building greater support in government and the community for a new local high school.

Positions on the SKYHigh Working Group were also voted on with the following results:

  • President: Melissa Horne
  • Vice President: Martin Zakarov
  • Secretary: Bruce Abernethy
  • Treasurer: Matt Nurse
  • Community Representatives: Samantha McArthur and David Droogleever

New president, Melissa Horne paid tribute to Janine Lloyd’s service to the campaign.

“I would like to thank all members of SKY High for their outstanding efforts over the years, and in particular Janine for her dedication,” Ms Horne said.

“We are committed to working towards increasing public, all inclusive secondary college places in the inner west to benefit the SKY children and surrounding communities. It is vital that this message gets through to Spring Street.

“Already we are planning an oversized Monopoly game during the school holidays. Our Monopoly game coincides with the start of theState Government’s budget planning process. We hope to pass go and collect the vital funding that the inner-west’s school community urgently needs.”

Ms Horne encouraged local community members to find out more about the Monopoly community event by singing up to on SKY High’s facebook page

Further Information:

  • Melissa Horne:
  • 0412 130 823