Tri­an­gle no place for cheap homes

The Sunday Times - - News - JOSH ZIM­MER­MAN

AL­MOST 1400 “af­ford­able homes”, in­clud­ing 320 for so­cial hous­ing, will be built within walk­ing dis­tance of train sta­tions across Perth un­der a new Metronet plan — but not in the af­flu­ent west­ern sub­urbs.

A ten­der doc­u­ment calling for sub­mis­sions for af­ford­able hous­ing projects within 1km of sta­tions high­lights neigh­bour­hoods on ev­ery Perth train line ex­cept the Fre­man­tle route.

South of the river, Mur­doch, Cock­burn Cen­tral, Au­bin Grove, Man­durah, Victoria Park, Carlisle and Oats Street are listed.

To the north, the ten­der iden­ti­fies Leed­erville, Stir­ling, Green­wood, Whit­fords, Edge­wa­ter and Joon­dalup.

On the east­ern Mid­land line, May­lands, Bayswa­ter, Ash­field, Bassendean and Suc­cess Hill are high­lighted.

“Th­ese guide­lines place a strong em­pha­sis on ex­pand­ing the vol­ume and di­ver­sity of af­ford­able hous­ing — in­clud­ing smaller dwellings to meet the needs of one or two-per­son house­holds, well-lo­cated sites in terms of gen­eral amenity and prox­im­ity to ma­jor ac­tiv­ity cen­tres (e.g. pub­lic trans­port, em­ploy­ment and ser­vices) and max­imis­ing the re­turn on the State Gov­ern­ment’s in­vest­ment in hous­ing,” the ten­der doc­u­ment reads.

Res­i­dents in many “golden tri­an­gle” coun­cils, in­clud­ing Ned­lands, Su­bi­aco and Cam­bridge, have fiercely re­sisted on­go­ing at­tempts to re­zone for in­fill and high-den­sity hous­ing.

A spokesman for Hous­ing Min­is­ter Peter Tin­ley hinted that op­po­si­tion may have played a role in re­duc­ing calls for sub­mis­sions for af­ford­able hous­ing in the neigh­bour­hoods sur­round­ing sta­tions on the Fre­man­tle line.

“. . . fac­tors af­fect­ing the choice of sites in­cluded gen­eral com­mu­nity sup­port, as well as lo­cal gov­ern­ment and plan­ning sup­port for such de­vel­op­ments,” the spokesman said.

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