- Major construction of Inner City College (planning name) in Subiaco now underway
- PACT Construction are building the $70.6 million project - to open in 2020
- Milestone marked by a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony
Construction of the McGowan Government's Inner City College will now move into the bricks and mortar stage following the completion of forward works.
PACT Construction will now start working to bring the $70.6 million college to life above the ground.
The significant milestone was marked today by a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony at the Kitchener Park site, led by local Whadjuk custodians.
Over the next 18 months, the college's modern, purpose-built facilities will take shape including classrooms, science and technology laboratories, a library, an auditorium, and administration and student services.
The first stage of construction will also include a cafeteria, landscaped courtyards and multi-purpose playing courts, creating areas for student recreation and socialisation.
The new facilities will be completed for the college's opening in 2020 when it will welcome 250 Year 7 students.
Following a second stage of construction that will include a performing arts centre and additional learning areas, the college is expected to cater to Years 7 to 12 by 2025, with a future capacity of up to 2,000 students.
Inner City College is part of the exciting new Subi East renewal project that will transform the Subiaco Oval surrounds and Princess Margaret Hospital site into a vibrant area for living, learning and leisure.
Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"This is an exciting milestone for Inner City College and the local community who will soon see the school start to take shape.
"The McGowan Government's investment will deliver first-class learning facilities for generations of students to come.
"When the college opens its doors in 2020, it will be a vibrant hub with the community welcome to use many of the new facilities, from the playing courts and gymnasium to the auditorium and the iconic Subiaco Oval.
"Inner City College is also a vital part of the wider Subi East transformation project and today's milestone is the start of an exciting new chapter of Subiaco's history."
Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The Inner City College and development of the Subi East area are about providing future generations with well-connected and vibrant places to learn, work and live.
"The things we love about Subiaco like the oval, parks, connectivity and heritage will be a key feature and consideration in our future plan for the area.
"Today marks the end of forward works and the beginning of the bricks and mortar component of the construction."
Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Planning Minister's office - 6552 5500