Curtin chancellor Colin Beckett and vice-chancellor Professor Deborah Terry, Deputy Premier Liza Harvey and Member for Kalgoorlie Wendy Duncan at Agricola’s relaunch .
By Elizabeth Fabri
CURTIN University WA School of Mines’ accommodation in Kalgoorlie has undergone a $32 million facelift to encourage more students into the region.
A collaboration between Curtin University and the WA Government, the Agricola facility will provide accommodation for 228 students, with 180 new individual bedrooms and 48 refurbished rooms.
Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the rebuild and refurbishment was extremely important to Kalgoorlie as it would help attract high-calibre students to the region.
“The existing accommodation – which had been in operation since the 1970s – needed to be significantly upgraded to meet the needs of today’s students and to ensure the sustainable future of the Curtin WA School of Mines,” Professor Terry said.
“The project has received strong support from the local Kalgoorlie community, which is proud of the role the WA School of Mines has played in the WA mining industry over its 114 year history.”
The redevelopment was the first phase of the Kalgoorlie Campus and Curtin WA School of Mines Master Plan, which also involved an additional $10 million spend over the last three years to refurbish the Kalgoorlie Campus library, laboratory, and classrooms.