The architecture of Ulumbarra Theatre and two other Bendigo schools has been recognised at the Association for Learning Environments 2016 Educational Facilities Australasian Awards.

Ulumbarra was the joint winner and named people’s choice in the ‘Renovation/Modernisation over $2M’ category. The Marist College Bendigo Montagne Centre was the joint winner of the ‘New construction/Major facility’ category and Golden Square Primary School was named people’s choice and received a commendation in the ‘Entire new school’ category.

City of Greater Bendigo Acting City Futures Director, David Lloyd, congratulated the schools on creating contemporary educational facilities.

“These awards further boost Bendigo’s reputation as an ‘education city’ that can offer students of all ages modern learning opportunities,” Mr Lloyd said.

Bendigo Senior Secondary College Principal, Dale Pearce, said all students should have the chance to learn in great places.

“Ulumbarra has made such a difference to our college. It has lifted the quality of our performing arts program and the new café and courtyard have proven very popular with students using it for a range of events,” Mr Pearce said.

“The college gives great credit to Y2 Architecture for its capacity to blend the heritage elements of the gaol with modern performing arts and hospitality facilities.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino, visited the college yesterday to see the Ulumbarra facilities first hand.