Canning CEO says Bentley Regeneration Project will finally begin this year

Canning CEO says Bentley Regeneration Project will finally begin this year

SHOVELS will go in the ground at the long-awaited Bentley Regeneration Project this year, according to City of Canning chief executive Arthur Kyron.

At a meeting between the City, the Housing Authority and Department of Lands last week, a recommitment to the project was galvanised.

Mr Kyron said it was a positive result and the City was pushing ahead with its plans to knock down and redevelop the closed aquatic centre and its plans to boost amenity in the space.

“I can confidently say that there is commitment between agencies and the City of Canning to move on the Bentley Regeneration Project this year,” he said.

“The City has already committed to demolish the former Canning Aquatics Centre and there will be further works around community activation in the area.

“A community art project, sporting activities on Hedley Park and community projects associated with Bentley Library are currently under investigation.”

Mr Kyron said any timeline of commitment would come after the State Election.

“In order to achieve the community initiatives as set out under the Bentley Local Structure Plan there is a significant investment required by all parties,” he said.

“The City of Canning will be, post the State Government Election… actively engaging with the State Government on finalising the funding arrangements for the Local Structure Plan.”

The meeting came one week after deputy mayor Lindsay Holland received a verbal commitment to the project from Victoria Park MLA Ben Wyatt and State Treasurer Mike Nahan.