We did it!
Fantastic news: WA's Schools of the Air has been saved!
The McGowan Government has listened to the voice of Western Australians and today acknowledged that their education cuts went too far.
We reckon saving School of the Air deserves a big thumbs up for people power!
School of the Air is part of the fabric of our Outback, enabling people to live in and care for some of the most remarkable parts of Western Australia.
The WA Government announced the education cuts 10 days out from Christmas, and within days a whole range of groups and individuals - including us at Partnership for the Outback - were working together to fight the decision to axe School of the Air.
Together, Outback supporters sent thousands of emails to the Education Minister protesting the cuts - and these had a decisive impact.
Today's news is testament to the fact that politicians DO listen to the voice of the people - we just have to make sure it's loud and clear!
The Isolated Children's Parents' Association WA have welcomed the announcement, but will discuss the details with the Education Minister in a meeting next week.
And, while the McGowan Government's change of heart is a great testament to people power, their initial decision to cut School of the Air demonstrates that the Outback - 90% of our great state - is too easily overlooked and ignored by policymakers in the city.
That's one of the reasons why Partnership for the Outback exists - we're proud to support people and nature in the Outback and to help raise the profile of Outback issues for all Western Australians.
There are some big decisions looming for the Outback in 2018, and we look forward to being in touch. I hope that in coming months you can be part of another great win for the Outback!