Work is to begin on the Bentley Regeneration project, finally, in
2017 – 2018? 2019? – and problems/challenges/surprises are also rolling out.
Can density be done well is the question this $700m project is supposed to answer, as Perth and Peel region’s population races to 3.5 million by 2050.
Info, spin? You decide as “Bentley 360” launches:
You heard it right, folks! Minister for Housing Peter Tinley, on questioning by The West Australian revealed there will be “no net loss” of public housing from what is now called “Bentley 360” – formerly the Bentley Regeneration Project.
Minister for Housing, Peter Tinley, has announced the Bentley Regeneration project is a “go” and makes various promises, including that “place-management” will apply. Bentley is traditionally a lower income area (fmr service personnel, aged care, social housing, etc) but today is flocking with investor housing which declines rapidly. The City of Canning approves of this, but pays little attention to consequences. Now, Dept of Communities (Housing) – the major player in the regeneration of Bentley – plans to throw more money at place-making, to be followed by place-management. It has failed shockingly to date.
One of the highest viewed posts, this charts how the City of Canning appears to have lost control of a project destined to be a defining moment in how Perth meets the challenges of the future.
Bentley is the site of a near billion dollar development, so why is the area being portrayed as multicultural poor town by Canning, the Housing Authority and the community group it manufactured, Bentley Community Focus?
Was it wise for Canning to pin a lot of hope on servicing Curtin University, as it develops its CBD area? Many of the “10,000 homes” boasted of the future on Ch 7’s video are likely to be snapped up by investors, with the presumption being students will occupy them. But what if Curtin has other plans?