Richard Court

Richard Court

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    One Bunbury' - to help build stronger South-West communities: Premier

    1/12/2000 1:02 PM
     
    1/12/00


      The $45 million, six-year ‘One Bunbury’ initiative will not just revitalise public and private housing, it will revitalise the spirit of Bunbury communities as well.

      Premier Richard Court, who will officially launch ‘One Bunbury’ later this afternoon, said the project marked a new era in government and private sector residential development.

      Mr Court said ‘One Bunbury’ would be much more than just a residential development and redevelopment project - it would build stronger communities by introducing new landscaping, parks and playgrounds, improved security and new roads.

      ‘One Bunbury’ is a joint venture between Landstart, the land development arm of the State Government, and the Pindan Property Group.

      It will include the continuation of the successful New Living project in two existing suburbs - Withers and Carey Park - and three new residential developments - at Shearwater, Glen Iris and on the old Bunbury Hospital site.

      In all, more than 1,400 new lots will be developed and 400 refurbishments will take place over the next six years. As well, 350 new home and land packages will be offered under the Government’s New Living program.

      Community facilities will be a part of each of the developments.

      Mr Court said that in Withers and Carey Park, the State Government’s internationally-acclaimed New Living project would continue under the guidance of the Pindan Property Group.

      In Withers, New Living has already led to a 35 per cent drop in the level of public housing, from a high of 85 per cent five years ago. Property prices have increased about 16 per cent.

      Over the next six years, more than 250 new residential housing lots will be completed, with the ultimate target being 12 per cent public housing.

      It is also proposed to improve internal pedestrian and cycleway networks and strengthen linkages with the Withers Primary School, Minninup Forum, the coast, Hay Park and the Bunbury city centre.

      In Carey Park, New Living has seen a reduction in the level of public housing from 22 per cent to 20 per cent, with the price of houses sold in the area increasing by nearly 70 per cent since the inception of the New Living program seven years ago.

      Work to redevelop more than 110 new residential housing lots will continue over the next five years, with the ultimate target of 12 per cent public housing.

      It is also proposed to introduce design guidelines to encourage the integration of new housing designs that reflect the character of Carey Park.

      Mr Court said there were also plans to provide wide community access to technology facilities for residents in Carey Park and Withers through a centralised location.

      In regards to other developments under ‘One Bunbury’, work at Glen Iris, five kilometres east of Bunbury, will begin in 2000-2001 and at Shearwater/Brook Village, six kilometres south of Bunbury, in 2002-2003.

      Both projects will include a mix of residential housing developments, with between eight and 11 per cent public housing and the remainder for sale.

      Discussions will also be undertaken with the local council and neighbouring landowners to produce a development plan for a proposed neighbourhood centre in Shearwater/Brook Village.

      As well, the Ministry of Housing is looking to develop these areas as ‘smart’ sub-divisions, similar to what has been done at Dalyellup, such as optic cable systems that give residents high speed Internet service, an Intranet system in the future and access to fixed satellite television stations.

      The Premier also said the Ministry of Housing would purchase the old Bunbury Hospital site on Blair Street, of which approximately 76 per cent would be developed into community and residential areas over the next six years under ‘One Bunbury’.

      He said both the Forrest Lodge Nursing Home and the Silver Chain facility on the site would be retained, as would a stand of Tuart trees, to form part of an area dedicated as public open space.

      Documentation has been lodged for a scheme amendment to rezone the former hospital site. Public comment will be sought as part of this process.

      As well, the One Bunbury project office will be open daily for the public to make inquiries or provide comment on the project.

      Mr Court said the One Bunbury redevelopment would also see a green belt the size of Kings Park established between the ocean and Preston River which would include more than 350 hectares of Tuart forest.

      “I am delighted that discussions which included both of our local Members of Parliament, Ian Osborne and Dan Sullivan, has seen 181 hectares of Tuart forest conserved for public open space, complemented by a further 200ha set aside by Bunbury City Council,” Mr Court said.

      “There was strong public sentiment that the open space should include all of the Tuart forest in the Shearwater and I am very pleased that we’ve been able to do this on behalf of the Bunbury community.”

      Mr Court said that across Western Australia, New Living projects or joint venture developments between the State Government and private enterprise were breathing new life into communities.

      “The completed $22 million New Living project in Lockridge is a particularly good example,” he said.

      “Once characterised by unsightly blocks of flats and inappropriate public housing, Lockridge has been revitalised into a community where demand for housing is high and people are proud to live there.

      “Importantly, there has been a dramatic effect on crime with the area now classified as a suburb of ‘low crime’ where once it was rated officially an area of ‘high crime’.

      “I am very confident that with the support of all sectors of the community, ‘One Bunbury’ developments will successfully bring people and families closer together and create stronger regional communities in which everyone will be proud to live.”

      Media contacts:
      Justine Whittome, Premier’s office 9222 9475
      Bev Wilcox, Ministry of Housing 9222 4885