PARENTS pushing for a new high school in the Yarraville area say they have hit a brick wall with the current government.
The Seddon, Kingsville, Yarraville (SKY) High working group’s decade-long push for the return of a secondary school to the area has stalled since the Liberal government came to power two years ago.
Spokeswoman Janine Lloyd says: “There are now unexplainable delays on the part of both the Education Department and the minister’s office that are creating frustration among our group, and it’s increasingly difficult to tell our membership of over 1300 families to be patient.”
Ms Lloyd said the problem would only get worse as a forecast 50 per cent population increase in Maribyrnong created a gap in public education.
In 2010, the Department of Education commissioned a demographic report on the area, which is now being updated with this year’s figures. The report uses a range of data, including ABS population figures and the number of children coming through primary schools to determine the need for secondary education in the area.
But Ms Lloyd said SKY High had been left in the dark as to the next steps in the process. “It’s particularly frustrating, given that in August 2010 the previous government had organised stakeholder forums, identifying solutions to our education black hole, for presentation to the SKY community in early 2011 — one and a half years ago,” she said.
“Unfortunately, the group has seen few signs of progress since the current government was elected.” SKY High has written to Education Minister Martin Dixon seeking a meeting.
The group will be rallying for support by building a “pop-up school” in Yarraville on December 15.
Mr Dixon’s spokesman, Ashley Gardiner, said the department was still analysing the report.
“Representatives of SKY High will be invited to meet senior officers from the department when this work is finished.”