PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull opened La Salle College’s new Brother Fitzhardinge Trade Skills Centre on Wednesday.
The $6 million centre attracted a $2 million capital grant from the Australian Government with the balance funded by the college community.
The centre provides state of the art facilities for La Salle students allowing for the elements of innovation, design and construction.
The school offers a range of certificates to students who use the centre.
Other schools in the region access the facility including Governor Stirling Senior High School, Chisholm College and St Joseph’s School in Northam.
The college is also in partnership with North Metropolitan Tafe in delivering qualifications.
La Salle College principal Wayne Bull said the visit by the Prime Minister was a great honour.
He also thanked Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt, who helped organise the Prime Minister’s visit to open the centre.
Other dignitaries present were Roman Catholic Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costelloe, the Catholic Education in WA executive director Tim McDonald, the Provincial of the De La Salle Brothers Brother David Hawke, and Citizen of the Year Robert Isaacs.
The new trade centre is named after a former principal, Brother Berkeley Fitzhardinge, who attended the opening on April 13.