Structural works on the new performing arts centre at Ocean Reef Senior High School have been completed, with Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery commending the progress on the impressive development on site today.
Completed works so far include the building’s roof installation, wall panels and external civil works surrounding the building, while work on the internal fit-out is continuing.
Once finished, the new $5 million facility will provide students with the opportunity to learn in a professional and high-quality space for teaching, rehearsal and performance.
Replacing the school’s existing performing arts centre, the new building will have a bigger 100 square metre stage and audience space with retractable seating for 264 people.
The modern facility will also include a rehearsal space, green rooms, music practice rooms, toilets and storeroom.
When construction on the new arts centre is completed in July this year, the existing theatres will be refurbished into a dance studio and music practice room.
As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:
“This will be an outstanding building for students and I’m sure a wonderful addition, not only to the school but also the local community.
“With state-of-the-art facilities, students will be able to learn many different skills – whether they’re interested in acting, singing, lighting or sound – there is something for everybody.”
As stated by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
“Once completed, this brand new arts centre will enable Ocean Reef Senior High School students to explore their creative sides even further and showcase their talents.
“The centre will provide so many opportunities for these students who will have the chance to experience an industry-standard stage.”
As stated by Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton:
“It’s great to see this project taking shape ahead of its completion mid-way through the year.
“The performing arts centre is an important election commitment that will provide a first-class facility for students to learn and perform in.
“This will be a big asset for the northern suburbs community, and will also be available for community groups to utilise.
“It’s part of the McGowan Government’s massive investment in Perth’s growing northern suburbs.”