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Note to staff

21 May 2014


New facilities for the Kalgoorlie campus

I had the pleasure of being in Kalgoorlie last week, attending the official opening of the new library at the Curtin Western Australian School of Mines and the Kalgoorlie campus graduation.

The new facility was officially opened by Lady Jean Brodie-Hall, wife of the late Sir Laurence Brodie-Hall.  Both Lady Jean and Sir Laurence have been strong supporters of the School of Mines and great friends of Curtin.

The previous library was located in facilities managed by the Vocational Training and Education Centre (VTEC), now known as the Goldfields Institute of Technology.  VTEC had been part of Curtin but when it moved to the State Government, a new library was needed in a Curtin-owned building.

Despite there being almost 600 kilometres between Kalgoorlie and Bentley, the two campuses will be closely linked through the new library. Students and researchers in Kalgoorlie will have access to the same academic resources as they would at Bentley, whether that be study spaces, computers, a wealth of electronic resources or print collections.

The library is only one of a number of new infrastructure and equipment projects being undertaken on the Kalgoorlie Campus. The new 64-seat state-of-the-art mine design laboratory that was commissioned at the start of 2013 is in full operation, allowing students and staff to access over $10 million of specialist software. A mining equipment simulator is also now being regularly used in student teaching and project work.

Redevelopment of Agricola College: Royalties for Regions funding

I am delighted to announce that the University will receive $20 million funding from the Royalties for Regions program (through the Department of Training & Workforce Development) to support the redevelopment of Agricola College in Kalgoorlie.  Agricola College currently provides housing to our students in the WA School of Mines.

The Royalties for Regions funding contributes to a $30 million investment that will expand the number of student housing places in Kalgoorlie from 135 to over 230, increasing availability to both Curtin and Goldfields Institute of Technology students. The project comprises a new 180 bed facility and the refurbishment of an existing 45 bed facility at Agricola College.

The tender process for the Agricola College rebuild will proceed shortly, with construction expected to begin in early 2015 and be completed two years later.  Rather than being housed in dormitory style buildings, students will have their own rooms and share lounge, bathroom and kitchen facilities with five others.  Agricola was originally built in the 1970s, so this project will bring the accommodation to the standard needed in the 21st century and enhance the Curtin experience for our students.

The improvements at Agricola College are part of our ongoing commitment to the WA School of Mines and, more broadly, to research and education for the mining sector.

  1. Jillian Yates May 23, 2014 8:39am

    As a current sessional part time staff member I was very interested to read the Vice-Chancellor’s news regarding the W.A. School of Mines campus at Kalgoorlie. I was born there and my late father was an engineer and a contemporary of Sir Laurence Brodie-Hall, in the gold mining industry of the 1930’s to 1960’s. In reflection, I am reminded of industrial, somewhat romantic times – pre electronic communications and systems – when engineers went underground, devised and implemented significant safety procedures, invented improved methods of gold extraction, fore saw new engineering processes and rounded this off with significant input in the community of Kalgoorlie – Boulder. Such was my father, Colin Yates. The Royal Flying Doctor Service named a plane after him in 1964, shortly before his death.
    Thank you for this opportunity to reflect and comment!

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