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Curtin Recreation and Events Centre

Artist impression of the new recreation centre

Approved! The decision by Curtin's University Council on the 5th December 2006 was the culmination of many years of hard work by many dedicated staff. It signalled the commencement for the construction of the Recreation and Events Centre on the Bentley campus. While a Centre has been spoken about since the 1970's in the days of WAIT the development of an indoor multi-purpose facility on the Bentley Campus has been the subject of extensive consultation and planning particularly over the past seven years. The focus is on a Centre which will provide for a broad range of University activities, from academic, recreational, campus community to leisure/social, and events purposes, to enhance the quality of campus life.

The main hall's court area will be sufficiently large enough for three full size international standard netball courts (which are interestingly larger than basketball courts). These will be marked to cater for a range of sporting activities including basketball, netball, volley ball, and badminton. Other activities can include such sports as table tennis and indeed any other activities requiring an open area. It is recognised that the long term viability of such a Centre is in the adaptability of an open area to meet the changing needs of the Curtin community.

It is proposed to enable the main hall for ceremonial events such as graduations, student welcome functions/ceremonies, university orientations, prize giving, Open Day activities, major addresses and music events, thereby increasing the campus life. These events can be held on campus at any time of the year and not be subject to weather conditions.

The events motorised seating would consist of tiered seating from two ends of the main hall which is projected to accommodate seating for up to 2,000 persons. Including the central court area, an events ceremony of up to 2,500 attendees could be held. The tiered seating can be moved into position within half an hour and be ready for immediate use. It allows a quick change from recreation mode to events mode, and back again in a very short time. This will allow several different activities to take place within the same day. Large events could even be held at short notice.

The Centre, as a multi purpose venue, will be available as an examinations venue for up to an estimated 500 students per sitting. The use of the Centre as an examination venue will reduce the number of separate venues for exams, enabling large exams to be held in a single location.



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