Bunbury’s Marlston Hill project is an outstanding example of Western Australia giving a national lead in urban development.
Lands Minister Doug Shave said this when he and Bunbury mayor, Mr John Castrilli, unveiled a plaque to celebrate the win of a national award by Marlston Hill’s developer LandCorp, the Government’s land development agency.
The award is the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) National Award for Urban Renewal Award.
The plaque unveiling and community celebration at Jetty Baths Park today brought together residents and local government, business and community representatives.
“Marlston Hill’s UDIA award is a perfect opportunity for the people of Marlston Hill to come together to celebrate their achievements in helping create this superb development,” Mr Shave said.
He said local MPs Ian Osborne and Dan Sullivan had played important roles as strong, consistent advocates of the project to the Government.
“Marlston Hill is not a quick fix to rid Bunbury of an industrial eyesore,” the Minister said.
“It is a strategically planned redevelopment to bring economic and social benefits to the local community, to Bunbury and to the South-West region.”
Mr Shave said quality urban development required leadership and teamwork.
Marlston Hill is one of several projects being undertaken by LandCorp around the state as part of the Government’s policy to encourage and assist regional urban development.
“Whether it’s creating opportunities for the private sector, providing community facilities or lifestyle choices, LandCorp is working with regional communities,” Mr Shave said.
“Listening to residents, local government, business and others meant LandCorp’s Major Urban and Regional Projects Division understood Bunbury’s social and economic environment.
“This understanding produced workable solutions to complex development issues and helped generate the community pride we see here today.”
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