Western Australia Minister for Housing Brendon Grylls
Urban Renewal Will Bring New Life To Albany Suburb
Victor P Taffa
- Revitalisation of Spencer Park into a vibrant modern suburb to be examined
- Transformation expected to create hundreds of local jobs in Albany and more affordable housing for low-to-moderate income earners
Albany suburb of Spencer Park has the potential to be transformed into a vibrant neighbourhood under an urban renewal plan flagged today by the Liberal National Government.
Housing Minister Brendon Grylls today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Albany and the Great Southern Development Commission to establish a working group to examine revitalisation opportunities for Spencer Park.
“This MOU is the first step towards achieving a vision for Spencer Park as a vibrant and active neighbourhood that serves the needs of a healthy and balanced community.” Mr. Grylls said.
“Our award-winning urban renewal projects have transformed older public housing estates, created more attractive living environments, reduced social housing density, encouraged home ownership and provided hundreds of jobs.”
“They’ve reduced the stigma of living in those suburbs, provided diverse housing choices and enhanced the sense of community for those who call them home today.” Mr. Grylls said.
Minister Grylls said the Government working in partnership with local authorities and private developers was one of the keys to providing more affordable housing opportunities.
“For many West Australians in low-to-moderate income households, home ownership remains out of reach.” Mr. Grylls said.
“This is an issue the Liberal National Government has been addressing since 2010 through the Affordable Housing Strategy.”
“Our strategy set an initial target of at least 20,000 new affordable housing opportunities by 2020. That original target was achieved in June 2015. A new target of 30,000 was set and we have recently reached a new milestone by passing the 25,000 mark.”
Spencer Park is one of 8 sites around the State currently identified for urban renewal.
- From 2006-16 the South Hedland New Living urban renewal program saw 478 homes refurbished for sale and retention as social housing. 776 residential lots were developed for home ownership opportunities
- New North Project urban renewal program in Perth saw 1,660 public housing dwellings refurbished for sale and social housing rental, and 290 residential lots developed
- Both programs won the UDIA National Award for Excellence in the Urban Renewal category multiple times