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A sod turning ceremony yesterday marked the official start of construction for a $4.8 million upgrade of the St Luke’s College Performing Arts Centre in Karratha.
The highly anticipated extension will enable an expansion of the arts curriculum offered at the secondary school as well as provide a new space for community events and theatre productions.
Once complete the centre will boast new dressing rooms, rehearsal space, digital photography lab and astronomy centre, along with a much needed fire water service system upgrade.
Pilbara Development Commission Acting Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill said the new centre would improve future career and study opportunities for students.
“Quality education is a core component of developing liveable cities and is a key focus of the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint,” Mr Hill said.
“Offering diversity and choice in a state-of-the-art facility will encourage students and their families to stay in the region to complete their studies.”
St Luke’s College Principal Alanna Otway said the project was exciting not only for the school but also the wider Karratha community.
“The performing arts centre offer a new range of facilities not previously available and we are really pleased to see it underway,” Ms Otway said.
“With project completion due mid-year, we are focussing on the continued expansion of our arts, science and technology curricula.
“Facilities such as these in our region mean that we can be confident in offering educational outcomes which are comparable to Perth schools.”
The construction tender was awarded to Geraldton Building Services and Cabinets Pty Ltd with construction scheduled for completion at the end of June this year.
The Performing Arts Centre Upgrade was made possible by the Pilbara Development Commission through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Pilbara Cities program.