Kim Hames

Kim Hames


    Demolition makes way for new Langford

    20/07/2000 6:10 AM

    The suburb of Langford is the latest area to be boosted by the State Government’s New Living program.

    Housing Minister Dr Kim Hames today officially opened the Ministry of Housing’s $17 million program for the area.

    The Langford project is part of the New Living program that involves one quarter of all public housing across the State as the biggest urban renewal ever undertaken in Western Australia.

    Dr Hames said the program aimed to refurbish areas which had been blighted by dense public housing through modernisation of the housing and sub-division of land to allow housing and block to be sold to tenants or the public.

    “This in turn will reduce the spread of public housing from 30 per cent to a maximum of 12 per cent,” he said.

    Inspecting the first refurbished units today, Dr Hames said the project would have the same team as the highly successful, recently completed New Living project in Lockridge.

    The combination of the Ministry of Housing and Voran Holdings as its project manager for the Langford program should ensure the project again exceeded residents’ expectations.

    “I congratulate the City of Gosnells for its award-winning Safe City initiatives through design changes and can assure you that New Living will be incorporating those changes in Langford,” Dr Hames said.

    Dr Hames said the buildings at Boxley Place and Powis Court had been demolished and most of the Wingrove precinct would also be replaced.

    “An important part of the New Living program is the involvement of all the community and this is certainly proving to be the case already in Langford,” he said.

    Students from three primary schools from the Langford area have painted tiles featured on the bollards that line the newly landscaped verge.

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