ECU does city deal

How ECU’s campus might look.

EDITH COWAN uni’s Mt Lawley campus will move to the CBD by 2025, while Mt Lawley high school will stretch out onto the vacant campus. 

The $696 million project is the centrepiece of the long-stalled Perth City Deal between local, state and federal governments, and comes more than two years after negotiations started.

WAAPA and some of the Mt Lawley campus’s courses focused around “creative industries” and technology will be relocated, and the school of business and law will be moved down from Joondalup. 

Murdoch Uni gets a partly state-government funded tech-focused “vertical campus” and e-sports stadium for the growing competitive video game scene, and Curtin uni will build on its existing city presence with an east end “knowledge and innovation” precinct.

The plan’s intended to bring more people into the city, stimulate the CBD economy, and hopefully attract visitors to 300 performances a year. 

The state government will resume control of the Mt Lawley campus, which has seen student numbers drop recently as more went to Joondalup or studied online. 5,400 students attended the Mt Lawley campus in 2019, down from 7,500 in 2017. 

A masterplan for the site is still to come but ML high school using the facilities has been flagged.

Many Mt Lawley locals wanted WAAPA and ECU to stay, and while last year Mt Lawley MP Simon Millman told ECU’s vice chancellor about “the level of affection people in our neighbourhood have for WAAPA and ECU” he was this week welcoming the “once in a lifetime opportunity” for the high school and the area. 

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