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Labor Government committed to the demerger of Murwillumbah Education Campus

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The significant issue of a merger of several Murwillumbah schools has been ongoing since 2020 when the then State Government announced via Sarah Mitchell MP that four public schools would be amalgamated into a single Kindergarten to Year 12 campus at Murwillumbah High.

It was clear from the outset that this was not something that any of the school communities wanted, yet the government continued to foist it upon students, teachers and families in the Murwillumbah area, but the government was determined to push ahead saying there was plenty of support for the project.

Murwillumbah High School the site of the mega campus. Image supplied

An election promise

The new Labor Government said that if elected they would stop the merger and yesterday they announced their intention to do just that.

Deputy Premier of New South Wales, Prue Car, who is also Minister for Education and Early announced that the Minns Labor Government is committed to the demerger of the Murwillumbah Education Campus in consultation with the community. ‘The Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin, and I have had an initial, fruitful and clarifying meeting with the NSW Department of Education about the needs of each of the four school sites.

‘The Department, in collaboration with myself and the Member for Lismore, is finalising plans for consultation with the community.

Janelle Saffin MP made an election promise to stop the merger of the four schools. Photo Tree Faerie.

Government committed to the demerger

‘I want to be clear that the government is committed to the demerger of the high school and the retention of the two high schools and the two primary schools as separate schools. We are now working to deliver that commitment in a timely and inclusive manner.

P&C President at Murwillumbah East Public School, Kylie Rose, said she was very pleased to see this confirmation from the Minister. ‘Our beautiful public schools will be staying open!’

‘Our community fought so hard to save our schools.

‘This statement from the Education Minister will be a great relief to many.

‘Labor went to the last election promising to keep these schools open if elected. We didn’t get a say in the previous government’s decision to close these schools but my goodness didn’t we have our say at the ballot box!’

Thank you Janelle

‘Thank you to Janelle Saffin MP for honouring her election commitment to keep all four of our public schools open.’

Ms Car said the department has stopped infrastructure-related activities on the Murwillumbah Education Campus project and will work with the community on supporting the four schools into the future.

‘The Member for Lismore and I will engage in a community consultation process to ensure the disruption to students and staff is minimised during this period.

‘I look forward to visiting soon to meet with the community and the local member.

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  1. What great news. The Murwillumbah Community will be very happy with the news.
    It was a ridiculous idea in the first place.
    Very happy John Sturmer

  2. I am saddened the Labor government will stop the modernisation of education for children in Murwillumbah. This is a great disservice to the school children.
    Why you ask. Amalgamation of primary schools will allow a much greater focus on otcomes for primary students, as well as supporting them in the transition from primary to secondary school. Having these primary school on the same campus as the high school is a bonus for both. High school studets can mentor the Year 6 students in readiness fir their first hih school year.
    It also allows greater choice of subjects for those in high school, I understand the terpidation of those who love the little primary school set up.
    These parents do not seem to be forward thinking, they do not appear to be able to comprehend the opportunities that will be there for their children. harking back 10 or 20 years to how it was for them is totally irrevelant, we now live in a very different world.
    Preparing our primary school children as well as our secondary school students for a world where mergers of jobs, businesses etc will be the norm, dealing with the challenges AI (artifical intellegence), more indepth scams and fraud, are we preparing them to deal with all of this.
    To me, no loss of teachers, better facilities for teachers and students, everything or children need to receive world class education at both priary and secondary levels should be the only consideration for parents to undertake.
    Unions together with the small group of nay sayers to any form of progress will result in children being held back by the lack of progressive and forward thinking parents.

  3. I am with you Marianne!
    Perhaps a new Facebook page called “Save Murwillumbah Education” is in order !!

  4. Good outcome! As a side issue , can’t help quibbling with the headline. Why is it when the LibNats are in office the headlines refer to THE Government but when Labor’s in , it’s almost always the Labor government , as if the perceived oddity needs emphasising ? Kind of expected of the Murdoch and 9Entertainment media but The Echo could do better i suggest.


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