A senior education officer has been appointed to head the Western Australian Electoral Commission's planned Electoral Education Resource Centre in the old Subiaco Primary School in Hamersley Road.
Parliamentary and Electoral Reform Minister Geoff Gallop said today that Mr Chris Avent had been seconded from the Ministry of Education.
Mr Avent will work with the Electoral Commission to produce display items and audio visual presentations for use at the Resource Centre.
"The centre is expected to be opened during the first half of the 1992 school year," Dr Gallop said.
"Visitors to the centre will learn about Australia's electoral systems and democratic processes, including taking part in an election.
"A similar teaching facility in Canberra has played a major role in citizenship education and the WA project should be equally successful.
"School groups will be able to combine a trip to the new resource centre in Subiaco with a visit to Parliament House for the citizenship education programs conducted by Parliament's education office."
Dr Gallop said Mr Avent had been employed by the Education Ministry as a social science teacher and lecturer over a period of 14 years.
Prior to accepting his new position, Mr Avent had been seconded to Canning Senior College as a lecturer and subject co-ordinator.
The old Subiaco Primary School was the home of the Museum of Childhood until recently. The museum is now located at the Claremont Campus of Edith Cowan University.