Labor promises Belmont College $7m performing arts centre

Education Minister Sue Ellery.
Education Minister Sue Ellery.

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

Shadow education Minister 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, member for Belmont 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.

Mrs Godfrey 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 Labor had 25 years to work on this project, but it is only now when they want to win back this seat that they come up with the funds for the performing arts centre.”

“Nevertheless, I am glad to see that there is bipartisan support for this project.”