Council decision allows Bentley regeneration plan to move ahead

28 February 2018

WA Government: Delivery of the Bentley Regeneration Project, the State's biggest urban infill development, is a step closer following a Canning City Council decision over management of Crown land forming the southern portion of the site.

Last night's decision authorised council chief executive officer Arthur Kyron to negotiate with the State Government to transfer the land to the Department of Communities and see the project vision realised.

As part of the negotiations, the City of Canning and the Department of Communities will establish an agreement to establish a formal co-operative structure that will contribute towards the successful delivery of the project.

The project, in the planning phase for a number of years, aims to create many jobs and deliver at least 1,500 new residences in a contemporary vibrant infill community.

The Department of Communities wants to progress the project as soon as possible and is preparing to release an invitation for expression of interest by mid-2018 to attract a development partner.

The department is also set to proceed with a temporary activation plan to create passive and active recreation spaces for the community while the development progresses.

The McGowan Government will assist the City of Canning in replacing and upgrading existing community facilities located on or around the development site.

The decision also paves the way for the department to stage decommissioning of Brownlie Towers - a public housing complex that is one of the Bentley Regeneration Project's key focal points.

Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley:

"The McGowan Government is delighted with Canning Council's decision, which will enable the Department of Communities to progress the Bentley Regeneration Project after years of planning work.

"In the near future, we will start with procurement of a suitable development partner. This decision paves the way to establish a vibrant and connected community within Bentley in line with the McGowan Government's focus on people, place and home.

"Principles including liveability, affordability and place management will lie at the heart of what will be the largest urban infill development in the State."

Comments attributed to Victoria Park MLA Ben Wyatt:

"As the local member, I have long been aware of the potential of the Bentley Regeneration Project and frustrated at the delays associated with getting the project off the ground.

"This project presents a great opportunity to deliver a unique and forward-thinking development for the community in Bentley, and I am very excited that we are now one step closer to making that a reality."

Comments attributed to South Metropolitan MLC Kate Doust:

"Congratulations to the McGowan Government for continuing the good work of previous Labor governments to open up Bentley to new housing and improved amenities.

"I eagerly anticipate the rejuvenation of the precinct and the opportunities it will provide for new families to settle in the area. The whole community will benefit in the long term."

 

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