La­bor arts cen­tre vow

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STATE ELECTION '17 -

BEL­MONT City Col­lege (BCC) has been promised a $7 mil­lion per­form­ing arts cen­tre should La­bor win the elec­tion on March 11.

Op­po­si­tion ed­u­ca­tion spokes­woman Sue Ellery com­mit­ted to the new fa­cil­ity as part of an ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy to in­vest in in­fra­struc­ture at schools across WA.

The pledge co­in­cides with BCC of­fer­ing drama as an ATAR sub­ject, start­ing this year.

When asked how the cen­tre would be funded, given the lim­ited State bud­get, La­bor can­di­date for Bel­mont Cassie Rowe said La­bor would be re­leas­ing its cost­ings in the com­ing weeks.

“The time­line and lo­ca­tion for the per­form­ing arts cen­tre will be built in con­sul­ta­tion with the school com­mu­nity,” she said.

How­ever Bel­mont MLA Glenys God­frey said the per­form­ing arts cen­tre for the Bel­mont City Col­lege was an item she had been lob­by­ing for be­hind the scenes for some time.

“I’ve been work­ing with pri­vate in­ter­ests and the Col­lege to de­velop pos­si­ble plans and se­cure fund­ing,” she said.

“This is not a new project La­bor has come up with. Un­til 2013, a La­bor mem­ber rep­re­sented Bel­mont in State Par­lia­ment for 25 years, so they had 25 years to work on it.

“But it is only now when they want to win back this seat that they come up with the funds for it.”

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