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Department of Housing and City of Canning sign up to Brownlie development


The Department of Housing and City of Canning recently signed an agreement to work together to develop 25 hectares of land around Brownlie Towers.
 
Director General Grahame Searle said that the Heads of Agreement set out how the Department of Housing will collaborate with the City of Canning to develop the Bentley site.
 
“The Department of Housing is committed to working in partnership with organisations including local government to achieve our aim of 20,000 affordable housing options by 2020,” he said.
 
“We are delighted to work with the City of Canning to redevelop an important area, approximately 7kms from the CBD, which will continue to attract those wanting to be close to education and employment opportunities.
 
“At this stage, it is expected that the regeneration will result in up to 1,500 new dwellings, some of which will be available as affordable housing.
 
“The project will develop a tired area into a vibrant one, providing new amenities and services and offering a range of housing options.”
 
As a first step towards regeneration, the Department undertook substantial renovation of the Brownlie Towers between 2005 and 2010, which included external and internal renewal, modifying the social mix and transitioning the towers to an over-45s complex.  Coupled with this renovation, the Department has made a substantial commitment to community development in the area.
 
“The renovation of the Brownlie Towers has helped to improve the area, and community groups such as Love Bentley are transforming the area into a place that people want to live in,” Mr Searle said.
 
The Brownlie regeneration represents an extremely important opportunity to demonstrate how both state and local government will deliver strategic urban infill in accordance with Directions 2031 and Beyond and the State Affordable Housing Strategy. 
 
“The first stage of the project will see demolition of 130 properties commence in August 2012.
 
“This is expected to be completed in December 2012, with further site works and town planning activities to occur the year after.
 
Construction of new dwellings is expected to commence in 2015.
 
For further information about the project please contact Project Manager Andrew Main on 9222 4774.

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