- New name announced for the Bentley Regeneration Project, and site activation blueprint unveiled
- Brownlie Towers tagged for demolition as part of WA's biggest urban infill plan
- Project expected to generate and support hundreds of jobs
Housing Minister Peter Tinley has announced the future of the Bentley Regeneration Project - a diverse mix of at least 1,500 new homes in a revitalised and connected community.
The project's new name, Bentley 360, refers to the holistic approach currently underway to ensure a positive impact on the wider Bentley community, economy and environment.
The redevelopment will include the demolition of the 48-year-old Brownlie Towers public housing complex, which has reached the end of its useful life as public housing.
The Department of Communities is currently working with Brownlie Towers' remaining tenants to relocate them to suitable accommodation as soon as possible. A tender will be called in the coming months, with demolition of the complex expected within 12 to 18 months.
In outlining the project, the Minister also announced a temporary place activation strategy for the Bentley 360 project that will focus on three key areas - Taree Street Boulevard, an adventure designation park and a passive recreation space.
These spaces will operate as community spaces until further development occurs on their respective land areas. Stage one will see the removal of fences on the north of the site, and the provision of pathways and fitness trails for recreation and children's play facilities.
The department will start the procurement process for a development partner for Bentley 360 before the end of June 2018.
Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley:
"The Bentley 360 project is an exciting opportunity to create and support jobs while delivering a diverse mix of at least 1,500 new homes in a revitalised and connected community.
"This announcement follows Canning City Council's decision in February to transfer land from the southern portion of the site to the Department of Communities - paving the way for delivery of state-of-the-art affordable housing in the biggest urban infill development in WA."
Comment attributed to Victoria Park MLA Ben Wyatt:
"As the local Member of Parliament, I am delighted to see this project finally get underway. Bentley 360 will breathe new life into the existing Bentley community, and will provide real opportunities for the community to continue to grow and develop."
Comment attributed to South Metropolitan MLC Kate Doust:
"We're pleased to be working with the Canning City Council to ensure the Department of Communities' aspirations for the Bentley 360 project are realised."
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