The parents and friends of the Apollo Bay P-12 College are taking action in response to a broken pre-election promise from the Baillieu Government. We urgently need to secure funding to rebuild the derelict Apollo Bay P-12 College. You can help us by signing our petition on change.org.
Learn more about our story here.
The small coastal town of Apollo Bay is turning to social media to protest against the State Government’s failure to deliver on a pre-election promise to rebuild the Apollo Bay P-12 College. Prior to the state election, the then Liberal Opposition promised to fund a rebuild of the near – derelict school. In 2011, State money was allocated to the preparation of a master plan for the School. Despite completion of the master plan, the government has failed to allocate funding for the rebuild.
Students and teachers at the Apollo Bay P-12 College work in portable buildings that were second hand when they were placed on-site as a “temporary” measure in the 1950s. The buildings leak in heavy rain, are freezing in winter and unbearably hot in summer when teachers resort to spraying the younger students with water to keep them cool. The decaying buildings require constant costly maintenance and mould colonises parts of the structure.
After an effective student – run media campaign in 2010, the Liberal Opposition committed to funding a rebuild. In 2011, almost $300,000 was spent preparing a master plan for the school with commitments to fund the rebuild in the 2012 budget. However, no money was allocated in the budget. The school community has been informed by local Member for Polwarth Terry Mulder that funding will become available at some point during the current electoral term.
Parents and friends of the Apollo Bay School have decided not to accept such a vague commitment and are turning to social media to help their voices to be heard. Using a website and social media strategy donated by local businesses, the people of Apollo Bay will be taking to Twitter and Facebook to publicise their cause. A petition at change.org is the cornerstone of the campaign. Social media campaign director Libby Riches believes that people from all over the State will want to lend their support to the town. “Tens of thousands of people visit Apollo Bay each year, and most of them are voting Victorians”, says Ms Riches, “We are confident that they will support this campaign to provide our beautiful town with acceptable school buildings. We also believe that we will have the support of people who are committed to the State Education System. With the Victorian Community behind us, we believe we can turn our small voice into a loud roar.”
The “Rebuild Our School” campaign can be followed at:
For further information, contact:
John Tallis (President Apollo Bay P-12 College Student Council) 0417 582 580
Libby Riches (Social Media Campaign Director) on 0400 884 090