Major Public Meeting - Stop Press!
A major Tanderrum Ceremony and Public Meeting is to be held on Saturday 5th March at 11 am. in the Gathering Place at 208 Hilton Street Glenroy. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come and continue your very valued support ...
As for the bulldozers! Be prepared. The threat is still imminent and given the bureaucrats lack of vision and commitment to our School expect a fight- more to come?
Support our protest to save this important Koorie school for our children and their children ... When will this genocide against aboriginal people and our children stop? Is the government afraid that our children will be more educated than our generation and become too self sufficient that their aboriginal industry will be non existent ... Ray Kennedy, Chairperson of Tati Tati Aboriginal Corporation, Tribal Council of Victoria
... Support our protest to save this important Koorie school for our children and their children ... When will this genocide against aboriginal people and our children stop? Is the government afraid that our children will be more educated than our generation and become too self sufficient that there aboriginal industry will be non existent ...
Is this the way of keeping the chains around our necks, arms and legs? Do we the most peaceful race of people on earth have to resort to military tactics to protect and preserve our meagre existance doled out by the whiteman - one mangy bread scap at a time? No, of course not!
Good always overcomes evil and this is nothing more than evil intentions against all the black brothers and sisters, so stand strong and proud and beat (them) ... Ray Kennedy, Chairperson of Tati Tati Aboriginal Corporation, Tribal Council of Victoria.
Media Release 16 November 2010 No 1
Protest Rally to Support the Ballerrt Mooroop College (BMC)
Again Pike's Consultation, Communication and Equity Go Missing
A major series of protests and Rallies involving local residents and supporters of the Ballerrt Mooroop College is being held this Wednesday morning to protest the inequities in the building of a new school on the existing BMC school site at Hilton Street Glenroy. The Broadmeadows Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (BLAECG) and Traditional Owners have called on the community and supporters to rally for the school and to register their protest at what is becoming an inequitable funding and space arrangement.
Wurundjeri Elder Margaret Gardiner said that "the Ballerrt Mooroop College has been on the site since 1996 and the College Council has not consented to the development of a new $18m school on the same land for the Glenroy Specialist School (GSS). The DEECD has denied the community due process in this whole affair and the Minister is receiving poor Aboriginal education advice to the detriment of our students and community. The DEECD intent is to assimilate our school into some mainstream melting pot that will not lead to real improvement in our students educational aspirations. The Premier and Prime Minister are not investing in our School as they are in others Ms Gardiner stated.
Builders are moving in to destroy the BMC's gymnasium to make way for 170 bus and car parking spaces. Parking space seems to be more important than the health and fitness of Indigenous students. This is not the way to educationally and culturally engage the Aboriginal community in closing the gap or Aboriginal education strategies aimed at providing our students with quality education services she said. The government has failed to deliver funding equity and progress in the development of the BMC's student numbers, facilities or aspirations."
A spokesperson for the BLAECG Mr Gary Murray said that; "we call on the government educational bureaucrats to redesign the Glenroy Specialist School plan. Alternatively, the GSS development should be relocated to the soon to be vacated Glenroy primary school site. Mr Murray said that the College needs to be developed to its fullest educational and cultural potential as it is the only Aboriginal school in Melbourne. We seem to be getting squeezed out by bureaucratic stealth and irrelevant registration from our culturally and historically significant school site, amazingly in the Premier's own electoral area, regeneration has now become denigration and another Northland's battle is looming Mr Murray said."
Our community is fed up with the arrogance, bullying, disrespect, discrimination and lack of real equity in the departmental processes to impose another school on our site when there are other school sites at Glenroy primary school for the GSS project. Our College is getting squeezed out, our main community hall and school gym is being demolished to make way for GSS bus and car parks. There will be around 16-22 bus parking spaces. The community also loses the Park as well for car parking and buildings. The fauna are impacted on as trees will be cut down. The peaceful environment changed to everyone's detriment. It is time the whole Community took action.
The GSS project has $18m in grants to develop, the BMC school has a paltry $750,000 to grow the school which is poor economic modeling and peanuts at a stampeding educational elephant.
WHY IS GSS IMPOSED ON OUR SITE WHEN THE GLENROY PRIMARY SCHOOL IS AVAILABLE OR OTHER SITES? THERE IS NO FREE, PRIOR AND INFORMED CONSENT HERE OR EQUITY!
Mr Murray said that the BMC is the only Aboriginal School in greater Melbourne, so why is it being treated different to other school projects around the Premier's electorate! This school should be allowed to grow and expand in terms of students and facilities, it should be an educational and cultural showpiece with state of the art education facilities and programs. What is going on here!
Broadmeadows Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Spokesperson Gary Murray and
Wurundjeri Elder Margaret Gardiner Mobile 0415 683 202
Inquiry on school merger says council was misled
Jewel Topsfield The Age November 15, 2010
An indendent investigation into a controversial school merger has found it was understandable aggrieved parents perceived the amalgamation of three schools in Melbourne's north lacked openness and honesty.
The investigation, which was commissioned by the state government after the former Lakeside Secondary College council alleged they had been coerced into the merger, comes at a sensitive time for Labor, which has pledged more mergers if re-elected.
Since Labor came to power in 1999, 144 schools have been involved in mergers, which are dubbed "regeneration projects".
However, although the government insists any decision to merge is made by the school councils, some claim they were persuaded to do so by bureaucrats, but the promised funding never materialised.
The former Lakeside councillors said they were coerced into agreeing to the merger with Merrilands College and Ruthven Primary School last year after Education Department consultant Howard Kelly said funding would be approved in 2009 if they did so.
However, the school did not receive the $15-$20 million the council said it had been promised in the last budget. Investigator Greg Gibbs found it was "evident that Lakeside Secondary College council had been led to believe that the chances of receiving funding for a new secondary facility were very high, if not guaranteed".
"On balance, the complainant's perception that the regeneration process lacked openness and honesty is understandable in view of the evidence presented," Mr Gibbs said in the report.
While Mr Kelly acknowledged he had a persuasive manner, Mr Gibbs could not conclude that he had coerced the council to agree to the merger.
The former Lakeside councillors were also angry that students would be relocated to the new site next year, when they had endorsed the merger only on the condition this would not occur until the school was completed.
But Mr Gibbs said decisions made by the council of the merged school, called William Ruthven Secondary College, superseded decisions made by the former council, which was legally dissolved.
Education Department deputy secretary Darrell Fraser conceded it was understandable parents would feel frustrated and disappointed.
Opposition education spokesman Martin Dixon said Labor arrogantly made false promises and bullied school communities until it got what it wanted.
Education Minister Bronwyn Pike said she agreed that consultation and communication could have been better and the department assured her it would not recur.
Ballerrt Mooroop College Equity Campaign Media Releases x 2 pdf file