Williamstown MP Wade Noonan has thrown his weight behind the school’s centenary celebrations and secured a $500,000 commitment from his party to help build our centenary theatre.
Mr Noonan made the announcement at the annual general meeting of the WHS Ex-Students and Staff Association on July 26 when it unveiled the plaque commemorating the school’s 1867 foundation.
The money will come if Labor wins the November state election.
“I’m thrilled to be able to make this pledge as I know the school is eager to deliver a new creative and performing arts centre of excellence as part of its centenary celebrations,” Mr Noonan said.
“To their credit the school community has worked very hard to raise significant funds for the new centre through a public appeal, but I have full confidence that these additional funds will see the project become a reality.
“The centre of excellence will deliver a state-of-the-art learning facility for a generation of local students.”
Our school community has raised almost $500,000 for the theatre since the project was launched in August 2012. This sum is enough for the school to establish a co-op, through which we can borrow another $500,000. With the ALP commitment of another $500,000, we can expect construction on stage 1 to begin sometime next year.