Horsham College: redevelopment timeline

2009

March: Horsham College prepares plans for a major new multi-million dollar education centre for the Wimmera. Plans include a redeveloped Horsham College and the Wimmera Trade Training Centre.

May: Horsham College received $200,000 to upgrade its sports oval. The college hoped to receive money for redevelopment in the Federal Government budget, but missed out. Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford makes a last minute please to the State Government to fund the redevelopment.

2010

March: Horsham College wants a multi-million building grant from the State Government, but misses out in the state budget.

2011

April: Fire destroys Horsham College’s middle school library. The damage bill is more than $1 million.

May:  The college school council fears the students will suffer after the State Government did not fund planned college upgrades in the state budget.

August: Horsham Rural City Council announces it will work with Horsham College to lobby for funding.

December: Business Horsham launches a campaign to rebuild the college.

2012:

February: Up to 500 past, present and future students and other Wimmera residents attend a Rebuild Horsham College rally as Education Minister Martin Dixon toured the college.

April: A petition to rebuild Horsham College is tabled in State Parliament, with more than 1100 signatures. The college’s home economics, science, drama and distance education classrooms are demolished to make was for the Horsham Special School redevelopment.

May:  No money is allocated to Horsham College in the 2012-13 state budget.

August: State Opposition leader Daniel Andrews toured the college. A community forum discussed the need for a Horsham college rebuild.

2013

March: Campaigners start lobbying the State Government for funding ahead of the upcoming budget.

April: The college receives $229,798 for maintenance, however the maintenance report listed 13 buildings that no longer existed.

May: Wimmera people are devastated when the State Government fails to fund a Horsham College rebuild for the third year in a row.

November: Structural engineers make urgent repairs to classrooms to prevent their ceilings from collapsing. Building had to brace the ceilings of 14 classrooms, offices and corridors in the dilapidated H and M wings with pine beams.

2014

March: Education Minister Martin Dixon tours the college. Hugh Delahunty announces the college will receive $10 million in the state budget.

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