Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    New North urban renewal 18 years in the making

    1/09/2016 10:30 AM
    • Urban renewal of Koondoola, Balga, Girrawheen and Westminster now complete
    • 1,405 former public housing properties refurbished and sold
    • 1,255 properties refurbished and retained as social housing rentals
    • 290 residential lots developed 

    The Liberal National Government today celebrated the completion of the 18-year New North Project that has transformed four suburbs with a high public housing presence in Perth's north.


    Housing Minister Brendon Grylls said the award-winning project was part of the Housing Authority's groundbreaking urban renewal program to redevelop older public housing estates.


    "The urban renewal program was designed to create more attractive living environments, reduce public housing density and provide home ownership opportunities," Mr Grylls said.


    "The New North Project has been one of the largest and most successful projects of its kind ever undertaken in Australia.  It has been an incredible achievement and I congratulate everyone who has played a part in its success over the past 18 years."


    The urban renewal program started in 1995 in Kwinana and Lockridge and has since seen projects undertaken in a number of suburbs including South Hedland, Queens Park, Langford, Coolbellup, Hamilton Hill, Armadale and Karawara.


    New North was launched in 1998 and was project managed by McCusker Holdings Pty Ltd/Satterley Property Group.


    "This project has seen 2,660 homes refurbished in the suburbs of Koondoola, Balga, Girrawheen and Westminster, of which 1,405 were sold to home buyers and the rest retained for social housing rentals," the Minister said.


    "New North has been a model example of co-operation between the Housing Authority, the private sector and the community.


    "Life for the residents of the New North is immeasurably better as a result, with thousands now experiencing the joys and satisfaction of home ownership in some of Perth's most well located suburbs."


    Fact File

    • The New North Project won the UDIA National Award for Excellence in the Urban Renewal category in 1998, 2001 and 2006
    • New North has again been entered in the UDIA National Awards for 2016 

    Minister's office - 6552 6100


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