Williamstown High $3m theatre on track

Williamstown MP Wade Noonan went to Williamstown High School to inspect the site of the $3 million centenary theatre. Photo: Damjan Janevski.

Williamstown High School’s $3 million theatre is on track, with Building Engineering Pty Ltd appointed to complete the project.

Williamstown MP Wade Noonan announced the builder’s appointment during a recent visit to the school.

Building Engineering last month won a Master Builders Excellence in Construction award for the Ivanhoe Grammar School senior years building project.

Williamstown High received $500,000 towards its theatre in the 2015-16 state budget.

The theatre, officially known as the Performing Arts Centre of Excellence, will seat 300 people and include an art gallery and dance studio.

It will be hired out at commercial rates, and also be used by students from Melbourne’s west taking university extension subjects.

Mr Noonan said the theatre would be a major asset for Melbourne’s west.

“There is no doubt that this performing arts centre will enrich the educational experience for our local students,” he said.

“Williamstown High School is one of our great local schools, and they’ve done a mighty job to get this off the ground.”

Principal Gino Catalano said it had been a mammoth fundraising effort by the school community.

“For stage one we’re probably $80,000 to $90,000 short; we’ve got $2.74 million,” he said.

“It’s been a very ambitious but very successful community project.”

The project is scheduled for completion by next March.