The State Government’s new $4.4 million performing arts centre at Melville Senior High School is now open.
A key McGowan Government election commitment, the project included the construction of a new theatre, education support spaces, and the upgrade and relocation of a series of transportable classrooms.
The new building will feature two connected spaces for drama and dance, both with sprung floors and divided by a movable wall.
There will be retractable seating for 300 people, a green room, foyer and gallery space, as well as storage and a staff study.
The performing arts centre is one of the nine State Government pilot projects under the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS).
WAIPS is a key component of the WA Jobs Act and helps to deliver on the government's expectation that opportunities for WA businesses must be maximised when it comes to delivering government goods and services.
The project has committed a 94 per cent local workforce as a direct result of the WA Jobs Act.
The participation plan for the performing arts centre included 229 Western Australian workers and two local apprentices.