Monday evening 26 August saw University Hall lit up in celebration of the official opening of the facilities.
Following on from the residents opening celebration held earlier this year in May, the evening showcased the Hall’s new facilities to Federal, State and Local Government representatives as well as guests from Hassell and Probuild.
The evening began with a Welcome To Country spoken in Noongar dialect by Whadjuk Elder Dr Richard Walley, who also played the didgeridoo for guests, who included WA Housing Minister Bill Marmion, WA Senator Sue Lines representing the Federal Government and Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi.
About 130 students, alumni, guests and staff saw UWA Chancellor Dr Michael Chaney unveil a commemorative plaque to signify the University’s ongoing commitment to providing a world-class tertiary study experience for domestic and international students.
Dr Chaney said the success of world top universities in the US such as Harvard, the California Institute of Technology and Columbia University – where more than 90 per cent of students live on campus – showed the benefit of offering a broad student experience through residential college study.
He thanked the Federal and State Governments for helping UWA expand this vital capability through the publicly-funded National Rental Affordability Scheme.
The University aims to provide quality student accommodation at an affordable cost, particularly for Indigenous Australians, those from rural and isolated areas of Western Australia, students with a disability, students with low socio-economic status and women enrolled in non-traditional disciplines.
“Achieving this milestone today is testament to the many people involved – including contractor Probuild, architect HASSELL and a huge number of UWA staff – who have worked extremely hard to deliver this project, and within a very tight timeframe.” Dr Chaney said.