THE state government expects to develop apartments, townhouses and terrace homes in the Wanneroo town centre over the next five years.
The Department of Communities recently erected banners for the ‘Hastings Quarter’ infill development around land parcels bounded by Hastings Street, Keane Street and Shaw Road.
General commercial operations assistant director Greg Cash said the five lots would be developed and released to the market over the next five years, subject to market demand.
“Through its developments in Hastings Quarter, the Department of Communities is improving the diversity and variety of housing options in this established community,” he said.
“The department will provide an alternative to traditional, larger lot, single detached housing in the City of Wanneroo with innovative apartments, townhouses and terraces for families, couples, seniors and single occupant homebuyers.
“Hasting’s Quarter is a staged development with a range of partners being engaged to deliver quality housing.
“The department has undergone public tender processes to identify suitably qualified developers who can achieve the high-quality built form and community outcomes sought for the site.
“Negotiations are nearly complete with developers for the first two lots and announcements regarding their appointment are planned in the near future.
“In accordance with the local development plan for Hastings Quarter, residential development will occur across a variety of building types, with heights ranging from two to three storeys.”
Wanneroo Councillor Dot Newton raised questions about the development site at an October council meeting after lodging a complaint about barbed wire fencing and the shade cloth banners.
Cr Newton said the shade cloth had come off the fences and was blocking footpaths, which could affect access for people using bicycles, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and prams.
Mr Cash said recent strong winds were likely to have caused the material, installed in August, to tear free and the department would arrange to fix it as soon as possible.
“Shade cloth is used to control dust and dirt from the development site which may be blown on to adjoining properties,” he said.
“Shade cloth also allows for messaging to be provided regarding the project.”
At the October 15 council meeting, Cr Newton asked whether the “three strands of barbed wire around it, which is against the City’s local law” would be removed.
The City’s planning and sustainability director Mark Dickson said the City had contacted the department and received a response that it was not prepared to remove the barbed wire.
“The City’s Fencing Local Law prohibits the use of barbed wire on residential zoned lots, unless otherwise approved by the local government,” he said.
“As the lot is owned by the State Government they are not bound by the City’s Local Laws.”
Mr Cash said the fencing was installed as part of subdivision works, completed in December 2016 and would be removed as the sites were developed.
“Secure fencing has been installed to prevent dumping and rubbish build up, which can become costly to clean up and becomes an eyesore and safety issue,” he said.