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Western Australia Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery

Architect Appointed To Design New Performing Arts Centre At Wanneroo School

Victor P Taffa

  • DWA Architects appointed for Wanneroo Secondary College $5 Million performing arts centre and cafeteria upgrades
  • More than 1,150 students will benefit from the new facilities
  • Construction expected to start in October 2021 and create local jobs 

DWA Architects has been selected to design a performing arts centre and cafeteria upgrades at Wanneroo Secondary College.

“I’m excited that students at Wanneroo Secondary College will be able to hone their creative skills and prepare for jobs in the performing arts industry in a brand-new centre.” Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said.

“McGowan Government has committed to major additions and refurbishments at 28 secondary schools at a cost of $10.7 Million in 2020-21 and $84.7 Million over the next four years.”

Project will see the school’s former sports hall converted into a cutting-edge performing arts centre and refurbishment of the existing cafeteria will provide spaces for students to relax and socialise in during breaks, while also creating local jobs in the process of construction.

Facilities will allow the school to expand its popular specialist programs in drama, dance and music, and students will have the chance to entertain larger audiences in the brand-new centre.

“It is exciting for the community that this project is now underway, and a step closer to providing state-of-the-art facilities at Wanneroo Secondary College.” Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton said.

“As a former student of Wanneroo Secondary College, I’m particularly proud of the work I have done to ensure the Wanneroo community has access to quality learning environments and enhancements like this will only benefit our community in the future.”

With the latest features, students will have exciting opportunities to develop the skills required to move into employment in the performing arts industry.

Brief to guide the architect includes a theatre with 250 retractable seats, a music and drama studio, green rooms, a bio box, a general learning area, store rooms, a staff office and landscaping.

Refurbishment of the cafeteria will include refurbishment of the outdoor seating area and associated landscaping.

With the project now in the planning stage, construction is expected to start in October 2021 with completion anticipated in October 2022.

Performing arts centre and cafeteria upgrades are part of the McGowan Government’s Western Australia Recovery Plan and are expected to create more than 18 jobs.

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