The WA government has announced a new Edith Cowan University Campus for Perth’s CBD.
The $695 million project will see the development of a vertical campus at the central Perth City Link, next to Yagan Square, offering programs in technology, business, creative and performing arts.
The site adjoins Perth Railway Station, on the newly developed link between the CBD and the entertainment district of Northbridge.
ECU will contribute $300 million to the project, while the Federal Government will contribute $245 million as part of the Perth City Deal. The State Government is providing in-kind support through the provision of land.
The jointly funded, world-class campus will be the centrepiece of a Perth City Deal, designed to bring the energy and vibrancy of more than 9,000 students and staff to the heart of Perth’s CBD by 2025.
The ECU City Campus will bring together programs in technology, industry and creativity, including the WA Academy of Performing Arts, the school of Business and Law and an advanced technology and cyber security centre.
Premier Mark McGowan said the new university will attract thousands of people into the city, “delivering a huge boost to local businesses and building on Perth’s reputation as a vibrant cultural and entertainment district”.
ECU Vice-Chancellor Steve Chapman said: “This is an outstanding result for ECU and for the State. We are delighted to be working with all levels of government to create Perth’s first comprehensive university campus in the heart of the city.”