CITY of Canning Deputy Mayor Lindsay Holland says he is sick of delays in the regeneration of Bentley and has called for a meeting with the Minister for Housing Brendon Grylls and the Housing Authority.
Cr Holland introduced a motion at the December council meeting to establish a delegation to address Brownlie Towers and the surrounding land earmarked for regeneration.
The motion, which was passed by all councillors, urged a meeting with key stakeholders to hurry up the drawn out Bentley Regeneration Project.
The City of Canning is in partnership with Housing to regenerate approximately 25 hectares in Bentley into a vibrant community, providing new amenities and services and offering a diverse range of housing options.
The result will provide at least 1,500 new dwellings, as well as revitalised civic and community facilities, a range of open spaces, and commercial and retail buildings.
Canning committed $602,000 in the 2013/14 budget towards the project with the view to continue financial commitment with building slated to begin in 2015, later deferred to 2016.
Ground is yet to break on the project.
Cr Holland said he was eager to “get it done” and he considered demolishing Brownlie Towers as a good start.
“My preferred position is to demolish it, and take a holistic approach to the whole area encompassing Housing, the City of Canning and Curtin University,” he said.
“We have to get on to it and expedite it to get it done.”
Cr Holland cited the largely unoccupied Brownlie Towers as a thorn in the project’s side and said refurbishment of the facilities, which are marred with long standing plumbing problems, would waste money.
“It would be throwing good money after bad,” Cr Holland said.
Cr Holland said he would conduct a meeting with Canning chief executive Arthur Kyron next week in the hope of arranging a meeting. “This can’t go on forever, at the moment it is dysfunction and getting everyone to approach it holistically is my preferred position,” he said.