HOUSING Minister Peter Tinley was quick to congratulate City of Canning on agreeing to go ahead with the transfer of land to the Department of Communities for the Bentley Regeneration Project.
Today, following the council’s decision last night, a media statement with comments from Mr Tinley, Victoria Park MLA Ben Wyatt and South Metropolitan MLC Kate Doust was issued.
Council authorised the chief executive Arthur Kyron to negotiate with the State Government to transfer the land for $9.6 million in compensation.
The Bentley Regeneration Project will see Brownlie Towers decommissioned and demolished and at least 1500 new residences created in a contemporary infill community.
Department of Communities assistant general manager for Housing Greg Cash said there were 26 tenancies in Brownlie Towers, representing an occupancy rate of 8.6 per cent.
He said five of the existing tenants accepted offers of properties elsewhere and will be vacating soon.
The Department of Communities is working with the remaining tenancies to find suitable properties.
The department wants to progress the project as soon as possible and is preparing to release an invitation for expression of interest by the middle of the year to attract a development partner.
A temporary activation plan will be created in the meantime.
The City and Department of Communities will now establish an agreement to establish a formal co-operative structure.
Mr Tinley said the State Government was delighted with Canning council’s decision.
“Principles including liveability, affordability and place management will lie at the heart of what will be the largest urban infill development in the state,” Mr Tinley said.