State Election 2017: Labor pledges $4.5m to upgrade Melville SHS performing arts centre


Labor candidate for Bicton Lisa O’Malley and Opposition Leader Mark McGowan outside Melville Senior High School.
Labor candidate for Bicton Lisa O’Malley and Opposition Leader Mark McGowan outside Melville Senior High School.

LABOR has pledged to spend $4.5 million upgrading the performing arts centre at Melville Senior High School if elected in March.

The first-term funding commitment would be used to construct a second storey above the existing facility.

Labor candidate for Bicton Lisa O’Malley said the money would allow Melville Senior High School to meet the demand for its music, drama and dance programs.

“As vice-president of the Melville SHS P&C, I know first-hand it is a fantastic school with enormous potential,” Mrs O’Malley said.

“WA Labor recognises Melville SHS’s potential and today’s announcement will be welcomed by parents, teachers and students.”

Melville Senior High School principal Phillip White said the funding would allow the school to create a dedicated performance space.

“At the moment we’re using a double classroom studio which is really only intended for practice and reversals,” he said.

“It can only accommodate around 100 parents and we typically have three or four times that number that want to come to any given performance.

“This kind of funding is very exciting, long overdue and will give our kids the benefit of a performance space worthy of what they are doing.”

WA Labor leader Mark McGowan said the funding commitment was part of a $381 million commitment to constructing and improving education infrastructure across the State.

“Our students should be able to learn in modern and well maintained facilities,” he said.