Call for state hous­ing land to be de­vel­oped

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Opinion -

THE Depart­ment of Hous­ing says it has yet to find a de­vel­op­ment part­ner­ship model for a group of va­cant lots in Maddington.

Depart­ment of Hous­ing gen­eral man­ager of com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions Nigel Hind­marsh said lots 221 and 222 on Corfu Way and lot 223 Orr Street were orig­i­nally pur­chased from the City of Gos­nells to pro­vide af­ford­able hous­ing con­sis­tent with the City’s Cen­tral Maddington Out­line De­vel­op­ment Plan.

Gos­nells coun­cil­lor Bill Wif­fen and Gos­nells MLA Chris Tal­len­tire are both keen for the land to be used as pub­lic hous­ing.

Mr Hind­marsh said the depart­ment had ex­am­ined a num­ber of pro­pos­als, all of which would in­cor­po­rate af­ford­able hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties such as shared eq­uity, af­ford­able, full sale and so­cial hous­ing

“Hous­ing is yet to find a de­vel­op­ment part­ner­ship model for th­ese lots that meets its re­quire­ments in terms of af­ford­able hous­ing out­comes and fi­nan­cial vi­a­bil­ity,” he said.

“Hous­ing con­tin­ues to ex­am­ine pos­si­bil­i­ties for the site that may de­liver the re­quired so­cial and eco­nomic out­comes Bill Wif­fen and Chris Tal­len­tire at one of the sites.

that suit the lo­cal­ity. In the mean­time the site is be­ing main­tained in good or­der.”

Coun­cil­lor Wif­fen said some­thing had to be done as the land was sit­ting there.

“It’s a funny sit­u­a­tion, when you have so many good blocks with roads and foot­paths and no houses on there and peo­ple are now just dump­ing rub­bish there,” he said.

Gos­nells MLA Chris Tal­len­tire said he wrote to Hous­ing

Min­is­ter Bren­don Grylls last month ask­ing for an up­date.

Mr Tal­len­tire said he wanted a de­ci­sion to be made on what was hap­pen­ing with this space. “I want to ex­press my frus­tra­tion that this isn’t mov­ing on,” he said.

Lib­eral can­di­date for Thorn­lie Rob Co­a­les said the area needed re­vi­tal­is­ing.

“The whole area of Maddington needs to be re­gen­er­ated,” he said.

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