New team’s focus on regeneration
THE new year will herald an end to longunfulfilled pledges to regenerate Bentley, according to new Bentley Community Focus (BCF) chairman Frank Lanza.
The Bentley resident and former City of Canning council hopeful said since his December appointment to chairman, a line had been drawn beneath the BCF of the past.
He said with consultancy and community engagement, the $700 million regeneration project will finally get off the ground.
BCF is a not-forprofit organisation that brings together local residents with community organisations, local and State Government, and key stakeholders.
The regeneration project between the Housing Authority and City of Canning will eventually be a central hub with housing and shopping precincts and ample community space.
As a first step towards regeneration of the precinct, the Housing Authority undertook substantial renovation of Brownlie Towers between 2005 and 2010, but the project has been largely dormant since.
Mr Lanza said there was still plenty to do and getting the community reinvigorated ahead of the changes was his top priority.
“When you have been promised something for six years and you hear nothing but neglect, you start to think things won’t happen,” he said.
“I’ve lived in Bentley, I’ve seen it all… Bentley is not today what it was yesterday. (Upon completion) Bentley will be swish; this is the biggest regeneration project in Australia.”
Mr Lanza said he had enlisted the help of Victoria Park MLA Ben Wyatt and Senator Sue Lines and met with council employ- ees and the Housing Authority. He believed things would move after the financial year.
He said he would eventually liaise with Mason Ward councillors Jesse Jacobs and Ayse Martli.
“I am looking to see what we were promised; it’s one of many reasons I am involved in this project,” he said.
Regular, open meetings will be held.
Bentley Community Focus secretary Alison Smyth, treasurer Francis Cheah, chairman Frank Lanza and committee member Kelsie Koontz.