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Yarra Mayor to advocate for socially-inclusive state schools

06 May 2016

Yarra Mayor Roberto Colanzi is seeking to meet with the Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino to discuss community concerns about enrolment levels at local State schools and reports about discrimination against families from low socio-economic and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Mayor Colanzi encouraged State schools to be inclusive of students from diverse ethnic backgrounds and socio-economic groups to ensure the richness and fullness of educational life.

“Without diversity there is the potential for segregation in our schools which flows through to our community, potentially creating disenfranchised young people and fragmented societies,” Mayor Colanzi said.

“The City of Yarra is a diverse and culturally rich community with many people from migrant or refugee backgrounds. We also have more than 5000 residents in public housing in Richmond, Collingwood and Fitzroy housing estates.

“Diversity is part of the fabric of what makes Yarra a very socially-inclusive and caring community that values social justice and equity."

Mayor Colanzi said he was also hoping to talk to Minister Merlino about the State Government's plans for a new high school in Richmond.

He welcomed the State Government’s allocation of $42M in the State Budget to build the school, which will cater for 650 local students when it opens in late 2018.


“I'd like to hear the Minister's vision for how this can be a model school and one of choice for families of all backgrounds,” Mayor Colanzi said.

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