5 April 2019
Scitech welcomes the State Government’s Market Sounding Expression of Interest released today. This is a positive step towards finding the best location for Scitech’s new state-of-the-art Science Centre. While this process is underway, Scitech will continue to offer hands-on STEM encounters at the City West Science Centre, with ongoing transformation work creating new and fresh experiences for visitors every day.
Ms Deb Banning (formerly Hancock), Scitech Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are excited to be working closely with the State Government to progress the search for our new home. The invitation for developers to provide expressions of interest and be part of this exciting process will support the project team to explore the best commercial or government property options available in the Perth city centre.”
“Our new state-of-the-art Science Centre – wherever it is located – will showcase cutting edge science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Our new home is at the heart of our bold ‘New Scitech’ strategy – which is our roadmap to support all Western Australians to develop the skills necessary to participate in the future workforce. This is vitally important, considering that 75% of the fastest growing occupations now require STEM skills and knowledge.”
“The State Government’s commitment to a “state-of-the-art Science Centre” is an investment in all Western Australians and is a positive step towards a bright STEM-enabled future. Why? Because research findings indicate that shifting just 1% of our Australian workforce into STEM roles, would increase GDP by $57.4B.*”
Scitech intends to continue to collaborate with partners to increase a number of key STEM indicators, i.e.: STEM university completions; the number of Year 12 students studying STEM subjects; and ensuring a STEM-ready workforce to continue WA’s economic growth. Our new home is central to delivering these outcomes.
While the project team progresses work to find the new home, Scitech remains focussed on delivering fresh and engaging experiences for Western Australians in the existing City West Science Centre.
In 2019, the Rio Tinto Innovation Central gallery will be refurbished to update the array of innovative challenges to explore, while Discoverland, for the youngest scientists aged 2 – 7 years, has a new water-play feature.
Scitech’s newest gallery, Kaartadjin Koorliny powered by Woodside, offers digital and physical immersive experiences, and the latest feature exhibition ‘Map Your World’, explores maps and navigation in the BHP Exhibition Gallery until May.
Both the Chevron Science Theatre and Scitech Planetarium have recently been upgraded to optimise the visitor experience at City West.
The State Government Market Sounding Expression of Interest for Scitech’s new home is led by the Western Australian Government. More information can be found here.
*NPV over 20 years – source: PwC, A Smart Move, 2015.