‘Transformation’ of Perth CBD a step closer as university precinct gets $158m funding boost

‘Transformation’ of Perth CBD a step closer as university precinct gets 8m funding boost

A new university campus aimed at reinvigorating Perth’s city centre has been given a $158 million funding boost.

As part of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s visit to Western Australia, it has been announced the price tag for Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) new inner-city campus will rise to $853 million. 

The cash injection is a joint commitment from the federal government, WA government and ECU. 

Each government will provide an extra $49 million each, while the university has committed an additional $60 million.

Upon completion, the state-of-the-art facility is expected to attract more than 10,000 students and staff to the campus when it opens in 2025.

The additional funding paves the way for construction to begin later this year and is also a part of the “Perth City Deal”, which Mr Morrison has touted as transformational.

Project to ‘redefine’ higher education

The ECU project is forecasted to create 7,500 construction jobs and 2,300 ongoing jobs in Perth.

The extra funding takes the value of the project to $853 million. (Supplied)

The Prime Minister said the new campus would reinvigorate Perth’s city centre.

A centrepiece will be the university’s hallmark arts school, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), which will breathe life into CBD streets through more than 300 performances a year. 

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