Curtin University, in collaboration with the WA Government, has opened a newly refurbished student accommodation facility in Kalgoorlie to bring more mining students to the region.
The $32 million facility, Agricola, is located next to Curtin WA School of Mines. It features 180 new individual rooms and 48 refurbished rooms; able to host a total of 228 students.
Accommodation will be provided to students at the Curtin WA School of Mines, Kalgoorlie Campus, and Central Regional TAFE.
Curtin vice chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the redevelopment was very important for Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields as it would 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,” she 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 of Agricola began in 2015, with stage one completed in May last year. It is the first phase of the Kalgoorlie Campus and Curtin WA School of Mines’ Master Plan.
Over the past three years, the university has invested an additional $10 million in the Kalgoorlie Campus to upgrade laboratories, classrooms and provide accommodation for higher degree research (HDR) students.
Stage two of the Agricola redevelopment is set to be occupied in March this year.