Hopes rise for Horsham College rebuild

REBUILDING Horsham College is back on the agenda, with State Opposition leader Daniel Andrews to tour the school on Monday.

The tour is part of a two-day Horsham visit for Mr Andrews, which will include meetings with Horsham Rural City Council, Business Horsham and Wimmera Development Association.

Mr Andrews and Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford will also host a community forum from 6.30pm on Monday.

The forum, at Wimmera Business Centre, will discuss the need for a Horsham College rebuild, health and education issues and changes to public housing.

Business Horsham chairman Robin Barber said he was pleased Mr Andrews would tour the college.

"Council has organised this visit and has asked Business Horsham to come along and meet the minister," he said.

"We hope that we will have a good chat with him about the need for the State Government to fund the college's $20-million master plan, which has missed out on funding in the past two State Budgets."

Mr Barber said Business Horsham, together with the college's school council, was in the process of printing 5000 'Rebuild Horsham College' bumper stickers.

"The stickers will be available in two to three weeks," he said.

"People can contact Business Horsham for more information or to obtain a sticker."

Mr Barber said the organisation was 'quietly working' to keep the Horsham College issue in front of politicians.

"We certainly mentioned it to Deputy Premier Peter Ryan when he was here on August 8," he said.

"He was cramped for time, but it would have been a good opportunity for him to have a look at the college.

"Some politicians live in a glass bubble, so I suppose the main thing is that he was aware of it."

Ms Pulford said Mr Andrews and herself would also tour Longerenong College, Horsham Colour (HC Pro) and the site for the proposed Horsham North Children's Hub.

"This visit is a chance for us to meet with Wimmera businesses and organisations, as well as have an open door session for anyone to come and have a chat," she said.

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