SKY High calls on Minister Dixon to support the plan for a new high school in the inner west

Read our letter calling on the Napthine government to support the plan in the lead-up to the November state election:


Mr Martin Dixon
Minister for Education
2 Treasury Place
Melbourne VIC 3000

Dear Minister,

Re: Support for greater high school capacity for Melbourne’s inner west

SKY High Working Group is a community group that represents more than 3,000 members based in the Seddon, Kingsville and Yarraville area. Our value statement is that:

We are a community group working towards increased public, all inclusive secondary college places in Melbourne’s inner west that will benefit all children in SKY and surrounding school communities. This is an issue about school location and improving opportunities and pathways for all children.

Previously you have met with SKY High Working Group, however, a request to meet with you in 2012, still goes unanswered. We have also met with the Upper House Member of Parliament, Bernie Finn in May last year and again in May this year with the aim to meet with you to understand the government’s position on the need for additional capacity in the inner west and on the provision of more public secondary school places. Despite Mr Finn claiming he would secure a meeting with you, a number of follow up emails have been ignored by his office.

As you are no doubt aware, the Opposition recently made a commitment of $15 million towards establishing an education precinct in the SKY area, on the basis of a feasibility study and master planning process. We are seeking your response to this and would be encouraging the government to match this commitment.

As we get closer to the election, SKY High will be publishing to our members a report card on the different parties’ policies regarding public, secondary education in the inner west. We would hope that we can publish a strong response from the government.

The response SKY High has received following the Opposition’s announcement has been strong. On the basis of this, we would strongly urge the government to consider at least matching this commitment.

We look forward to your response

Yours sincerely

Melissa Horne
President, SKY High Working Group