Bentley Regeneration Project renamed Bentley 360

Brownlie Towers will soon be demolished.
Brownlie Towers will soon be demolished.

THE Bentley Regeneration Project has been renamed Bentley 360.

Housing Minister Peter Tinley was on site last Friday to announce the future of the project.

The Bentley 360 title refers to the holistic approach to ensure the project has a positive impact on the wider Bentley community, its economy and environment.

Demolition of the existing 48-year-old public housing complex, Brownlie Towers, will soon take place to pave the way for at least 1500 new homes.

In the meantime, the Department of Communities is working with remaining tenants to relocate them as soon as possible.

In February, the Department told the Canning Times there were 26 tenancies in Brownlie Towers – about 8.6 per cent of its original capacity.

A tender will be called in coming months, with demolition of the building expected in the next 12 to 18 months.

A temporary ‘place activation strategy’ was also announced by Mr Tinley on Friday that will focus on three key areas.

They include Taree Street Boulevard, an adventure designation park and a passive recreation space.

These spaces will operate as community spaces until further development occurs on the respective sites.

Stage 1 will see the removal of fences along the north of the site, the installation of pathways and fitness trails for recreation, plus children’s play facilities.

“The 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,” Mr Tinley said.

The deal agreed to by the council involved the surrender of management orders over the Southern Reserve Lands for nearly $5.6 million compensation.

The Government was prepared to pay an extra $4 million compensation over the life of the regeneration project for the upgrading of parks, infrastructure and community facilities within and around the project.

The City wanted the $4 million in the form of a community development fund.

The City also wants to sell for development a portion of land that used to house the aquatic centre.

The site was earmarked for a medium-density apartment building with about 46 dwellings.

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