New housing estate for old school site
THE former Hainsworth Primary School site in Girrawheen is being redeveloped after lying vacant for seven years.
Housing Minister Peter Tinley announced recently that Ventura Home Group and Yolk Property Group would partner with the Department of Communities to build homes on the Harford Way land.
The 4.2ha site has been unused since the school closed in 2010 and the previous state government sought developers for the project last September.
Mr Tinley said the $21.8 million redevelopment was named The Amble Estate and would feature at least 129 dwellings comprising a mixture of smalllot house-and-land packages, apartments and townhouses.
“All dwellings for sale in The Amble Estate will be priced below the Perth median house price, with up to 65 per cent below median prices for homes in Girrawheen,” he said.
“A number of dwellings will also be made available under the State Government’s shared equity initiative, making the purchase of a new home even more affordable for low- to middleincome earners.
“About 11 per cent of dwellings in the development will be retained for social housing.” Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk previously raised concerns about antisocial behaviour at the vacant lot and said she was pleased with the announcement that would offer “an innovative and contemporary approach to housing”.
“Thanks to the neighbouring residents who have had to put up with vandalism, dumping waste, squatters and arson on the vacant land,” she said.
“It’s marvellous their patience has been rewarded.
“This project will build on the transformation in Girrawheen over the past two decades and The Amble Estate will fill the gap in the area’s existing housing market with affordable, diverse and sustainable options for those seeking to be part of our thriving community.”
The development is expected to generate 185 jobs during construction, which will start in October.
Housing Minister Peter Tinley and Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk with plans for The Amble Estate in Girrawheen.