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New performing arts centre unveiled

Jun 27, 2017

The new Performing Arts Centre at St Luke’s College in Karratha was unveiled at an official opening today.

The $4.8 million project, supported by Royalties for Regions through the Pilbara Development Commission and St Luke’s College, will enhance the delivery of the school’s arts curriculum with a new digital photography lab, costume and prop room, rehearsal space and green room.

The Centre also features a new astronomy centre with a retractable roof, which will house a large, permanently mounted telescope using software based on that used by NASA.

Pilbara Development Commission 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. 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,” Mr Hill said.

The new Centre also offers a space for community groups and artists to meet, learn and create; adding to Karratha’s growing arts and culture scene.

St Luke’s College Acting Principal Simon Harvey said completion of the Performing Arts Centre was an exciting addition to the school and the wider Karratha community, offering a range of facilities not previously available.

“These facilities have allowed the College to expand its arts, drama and technology curriculum and enhanced its ability to offer educational outcomes comparable to those offered in Perth schools,” Mr Harvey said.

The official opening of the Centre follows a weekend of celebrations at the College, which marked its 30th anniversary in June.

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