ECU marked by growth

Planners initially looked at the Whitfords area for a northern suburbs university campus.

However, by the early 1980s the rapidly growing population around the then City of Wanneroo and plans for a satellite city made Joondalup an attractive choice for what would become ECU’s Joondalup campus. On the 45ha site was a small pine plantation (the venue for the Joondalup Pines outdoor theatre today).

Much of the work of the university’s gardening team over decades has been to re-introduce native plants species on campus.

ECU launched a range of new courses in 1991 to cater for growing demand, including degrees in public relations, police studies and government studies.

Joondalup became the main campus of the 1991-established ECU in 2003 (it was previously Churchlands).

ECU Vice-Chancellor Steve Chapman said the university had taken the opportunity to reshape the way higher education was delivered in a distinctive and inspiring campus environment.

“In just two and half decades ECU has rapidly developed into a university that makes a real and lasting difference to the communities it was established to serve,” he said.

Photo archive open for information

ECU has made its photograph archive available to the public as part of its 25th anniversary.

And it is encouraging people to provide captions and background on the pictures, many of which have been given to the university without identifying information.

To view the photographs, go to

The university is also encouraging people to share their pictures by emailing

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