New hous­ing es­tate for old school site

Wanneroo Times - - News -

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.

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