Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Sterling demolisher wanted to topple towers

    16/09/2016 1:50 PM
    • Tired tower to make way for vibrant new housing project just minutes from CBD

    A high-quality and contemporary development in the heart of Highgate is a step closer with the release of a demolition tender for Stirling Towers.


    Housing Minister Brendon Grylls said a suitably qualified and highly experienced demolition contractor was being sought to manage the demolition process.


    "The successful demolition contractor is expected to be announced by the end of this year.  The contractor will be required to prepare a detailed demolition plan to manage the process in a highly effective and safe manner that minimises any impact on neighbours," Mr Grylls said.


    "The Housing Authority has advised the Highgate community of our redevelopment intentions and what to expect from the demolition process.  This has been well received and we will continue to keep the community informed throughout the process."


    Since the 1970s, Stirling Towers has provided affordable and social housing options for low-to-moderate income earners.  In recent years, the authority determined that redevelopment is the best option for this site and for the community.


    The authority has relocated the building's tenants into other residences within the metropolitan area, and is closely engaged with the City of Vincent and key stakeholders to ensure as smooth a process as possible.


    The authority is progressing plans for release of an Expression of Interest by November 2016 to engage a private sector development partner.


    The Minister said the redevelopment of the site would offer a wide range of benefits for the community.


    "It will include a mixture of housing types and tenures, private and affordable home ownership, a reduction in the concentration of social housing tenants, and trial of new initiatives such as car-sharing," he said.


    "Once the private sector development partner has been engaged, the community will be consulted on the development as part of the standard town planning process."


    Mr Grylls said the demolition was expected to commence in early 2017.¬


    Fact File

    • The demolition tender will close at 2.30pm on September 28, 2016
    • Stirling Towers is located at 49-67 Smith Street, Highgate

    Minister's office - 6552 6100


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