Commitment breathes new life into regeneration project

February 25, 2017 by  

Progress on the Bentley regeneration project near Welshpool could soon be revitalised, following commitments by the Western Australian Treasurer and shadow Treasurer.

The joint commitment, which was received by City of Canning Deputy Mayor Lindsay Holland at a recent Committee for Economic Development Australia lunch, has had the effect of breathing new life into the project.

Holland said the project will deliver great outcomes and opportunities for locals and he is looking forward to it becoming a reality.

He said it has been a long wait since April 2015 when the structure plan was adopted. No action since, he said, has seen the 1970 constructed Brownlie Towers public housing estate, earmarked for the regeneration project, fall into further disrepair including issues with power and water.

Nigel Hindmarsh, of the Housing Authority, said the Bentley Regeneration project is a priority and comes with a number of major challenges.

He said it will be among one of the State’s most significant and largest urban infill projects ever undertaken and is set to provide many construction jobs and affordable housing opportunities for Western Australians.

In total the project, which has been a topic of discussion in local media and community newsletter printing, is expected to deliver up to 1,500 residential dwellings.

Hindmarsh said the Housing Authority needed to manage issues including property market conditions, capital investment required and the project’s scale of works for the successful delivery of the completed project.