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Media Release



Federal Member for Chifley

PO Box 259 Mt Druitt NSW 2770


For Immediate Release





6 August 1998


Roger Price MP, Federal Member for Chifley, today welcomed the official launch of the NSW Education Departments recommendations for improving comprehensive education in the Mt Druitt area. entitled "The Way Forward".


Minister John Aquilina officially announced the proposal today at the Mount Druitt District Office in Emerton.


The proposal would see a new multi-campus comprehensive secondary college established.


“This is a real red-letter day for students in the Mt Druitt area”, said Roger Price MP.


“My good friend and colleague Richard Amery (NSW Minister for Agriculture, and Land and Water Conservation) and I have been fighting hard for the creation of a Super-high school in the Mount Druitt area for over ten years”.


“Our initial fight was lost. but out of that battle St Marys Senior High School was created. That school has gone from strength to strength over the years”.


“The proposal will bring about real change. It is not a slick newspaper headline, it is a serious proposal which Will be implemented for the benefit of students in the Mount Druitt area”, said Mr Price.


“The catalyst which catapulted our fight for a senior high school for the Mount Druitt area back into the limelight was the front-page Daily Telegraph article over a year ago”.


“My colleagues Richard Amery, Jim Anderson (Member for St Marys) and I stepped-up our fight for the school with earnest”.


“This proposal has been built from the ground up, with grass-roots involvement all the way through”, said Mr Price.


The college, which will be named by the local community, will offer a greatly expanded range of subject choices, increased flexibility and new opportunities for students in tertiary and vocational education and training.


The new multi-campus secondary college will consist of three junior secondary campuses (Years 7-10) at Dunheved, Mount Druitt and Shalvey High Schools, a senior secondary campus (Years 11-12) at Whalan High School, and a pre-school to Year 12 campus at Bidwill.


The college would be linked with the Western Sydney Institute of TAFE and the University of Western Sydney, Nepean.


“This proposal is the culmination of a lot of hard work over the years by local Members and constituents and I commend Minister Aquilina on his efforts in bringing this great idea into fruition”.


“I, like every parent in the Mt Druitt area, want what is best for our students. The college will substantially enhance the educational and life opportunities for our students and I am immensely proud to be associated with the efforts in ensuring that this proposal has come to fruition”.


“I am confident that the college will be an outstanding success, a leading light for other senior high schools”, concluded Mr Price.




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