Over 300 people attended Save Footscray City Primary’s Rally for Choice in Education today and with more coming later to join in the family friendly picnic and petition signing in the adjacent Treasury Gardens.
When met with concerned police at the Rally outside the Ministry for Education, organisers moved to allay fears as Channel 7 and 2 news set up to capture the protest and hear from beleaguered School Council President, Tim Sharkey and Vice President Andrew (‘Snowy’) Johnson. Journalists from Herald Sun, The Age, Footscray Star, Maribyrnong Leader and Socialist Alliance interviewed parents who remain highly concerned for their children’s education with other local schools capped, and Collingwood College’s Steiner program full with a wait list already in place for 2012 preps.
Tim Sharkey called on Minister for Education, Martin Dixon to “sit down with us now to solve this with only seven weeks to go of the school year. The Minister is our only option. Minister Dixon supports choice in the west, including dual stream schools. We have options – let’s work them through together.”
This evening the number people who have signed Save Footscray City Primary’s online petition reached 1000 people. Thank you to everyone for your support. Photos by Tahnia Trusler & Sean Cummins.