State hous­ing sell-off be­gins

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Tim Slater

THE Hous­ing Au­thor­ity has ear­marked 50 of its houses in River­vale for ren­o­va­tion and sale as part of a three-year pro­gram to re­duce the num­ber of state hous­ing properties in the City of Bel­mont.

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Brendon Grylls said six of the 50 properties had so far been sold.

“In the longer term, the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity in­tends to sell an­other 100 to 120 of its River­vale properties,” he said.

He said the So­cial Hous­ing In­vest­ment Pack­age had started in River­vale to ad­dress its high so­cial hous­ing pres­ence, specif­i­cally around Wil­son Park.

Mr Grylls said the State Govern­ment was com­mit­ted to ad­dress­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate mix of pub­lic hous­ing through con­tin­ued ur­ban re­newal in Bel­mont.

The au­thor­ity has 1434 state hous­ing properties across the City of Bel­mont, with se­niors oc­cu­py­ing 36 per cent of them.

In Septem­ber 2015, River­vale had 546 of those properties, mak­ing the sub­urb the sec­ond high­est in ab­so­lute num­ber of state hous­ing stock within the metropoli­tan re­gion.

He said the au­thor­ity had iden­ti­fied op­por­tu­ni­ties to buy re­place­ment pub­lic hous­ing within the east metropoli­tan re­gion to re­lo­cate ten­ants from River­vale.

“We know that we need a safety net of pub­lic hous­ing for the peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who need that,” Mr Grylls said.

“But with that safety net comes the obli­ga­tion of being good ten­ants, pay­ing rent and look­ing af­ter the prop­erty.”

Bel­mont MLA Glenys God­frey pre­sented a griev­ance to Mr Grylls in Par­lia­ment last month to re­duce state hous­ing properties in the elec­torate.

She said it was one of her key 2013 elec­tion prom­ises.

“It is en­cour­ag­ing to see that the min­is­ter and the au­thor­ity have fi­nally lis­tened and now have a real plan to start this re­duc­tion,” Mrs God­frey said.

“I am ab­so­lutely thrilled to de­liver on one of my key elec­tion prom­ises.”

Mrs God­frey said rev­enue from the sales in River­vale would be used to buy state hous­ing properties in ar­eas with lower con­cen­tra­tion within the South East Metropoli­tan Re­gion.

Mr Grylls pointed to the re­cently com­pleted New North pro­gram as an in­spi­ra­tion for ur­ban re­newal in Bel­mont.

New North saw 1405 for­mer pub­lic hous­ing properties in Balga, Gir­rawheen, Koon­doola and West­min­ster re­fur­bished and sold over an 18-year pe­riod.

Mrs God­frey said she was sup­port­ive of a sim­i­lar ap­proach in her elec­torate where many pub­lic hous­ing dwellings had out­lived their life and de-con­cen­tra­tion of pub­lic hous­ing was needed.

“There is still a lot of work to be done and we still need de­fined tar­gets for other ar­eas of high state hous­ing con­cen­tra­tion such as Cloverdale and Red­cliffe.”

Bel­mont MLA Glenys God­frey in front of a state hous­ing prop­erty that has been sold.

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