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Government urban renewal project wins national award
17/03/2000 6:05 PM
Bunbury’s Marlston Hill redevelopment project has been voted one of Australia's best by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).
Lands Minister Doug Shave said the UDIA national excellence award presented in Sydney this week was recognition of the outstanding urban renewal outcome achieved by LandCorp at Marlston Hill.
“Marlston Hill is one of a number of renewal projects being managed by LandCorp around Western Australia,” Mr Shave said.
“These projects are part of the Coalition Government’s policy to ensure regional centres are able to offer a choice of lifestyle. Other projects underway include Geraldton’s Batavia Coast Marina, the NorthWater Estate in Carnarvon, the Mandurah Ocean Marina and the Exmouth Village Marina.
Mr Shave said the Marlston Hill project had been strongly supported by the South West Development Commission, City of Bunbury, and local MPs Ian Osborne (Bunbury) and Dan Sullivan (Mitchell).
“The project has turned an industrial wasteland into one of the most desirable urban developments in Australia,”
Mr Osborne said.
Mr Sullivan said that the award was a great boost for Bunbury and the surrounding region and had attracted very strong buying support and had helped rejuvenate Bunbury’s central area.
“This latest award completes the trifecta for Marlston Hill,” Mr Shave said.
“The project won the best Urban Renewal development award at the Western Australian State awards earlier this year and in 1998 was named “Best Country Development’ by the UDIA.
LandCorp’s Chief Executive, Ross Holt, said the project would not have been possible without the enthusiastic backing of the Bunbury community. The development catered for residential, commercial and recreational land use and links the city, harbour and sea.
Mr Holt said the award recognised the importance of investment in urban renewal.
“We are now focussing on the development of Marlston Waterfront which will provide Bunbury with a multi-million dollar waterside landmark destined to become a major tourism attraction,” he said.
Media contact: Bob Charteris, LandCorp Corporate Affairs Manager 9482 7442
John Clune, Minister’s Office 9213 6500