Land at­tracts in­ter­est

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Kensington - Su­sanne Reilly

THE Depart­ment of Lands says the State Gov­ern­ment has re­ceived in­ter­est in its land as­set sales pro­gram, with a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of re­quests for in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing prop­er­ties.

Last month, the State Gov­ern­ment an­nounced that key parcels of land would be sold, in­clud­ing the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Food head­quar­ters in Kens­ing­ton.

A Depart­ment of Lands spokesman said a staged ap­proach was be­ing taken to the sale of the site, with staff work­ing out of the build­ing un­til new of­fice ac­com­mo­da­tion was se­cured.

“The sale process will vary from one prop­erty to another, with some sites ready to go to mar­ket now and oth­ers that will take more work to get ready for sale,” the spokesman said.

Vic­to­ria Park MLA Ben Wy­att said the sale of the Kens­ing­ton land was “short-sighted” as it re­moved an im­por­tant Gov­ern­ment as­set that could be used in a pro­posed univer­sity city in the Curtin precinct.

South Perth MLA John McGrath said the land would be suited for in­ner-city res­i­den­tial use or mixed use to com­ple­ment the Bent­ley Tech­nol­ogy Park and Curtin Univer­sity.

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