The Housing Authority has recently launched Connected Living, an initiative with a vision to help transform the housing market in Perth through the delivery of more affordable developments around key transit precincts and activity centres. This initiative will result in the creation of more than 500 new medium to higher density living opportunities on seven sites located across the metropolitan area.
Minister for Housing Colin Holt launched the initiative on December 2 along with Housing’s Acting CEO Paul Whyte and Property Council Deputy Executive Director Lino Iacomella.
Over150 industry representatives attended the Connected Living launch along with Department of Planning Director General Gail McGowan, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority CEO Kieran Kinsella and attendees from a number of local government authorities.
Minister Holt said that Connected Living represented a unique opportunity for the private sector to partner with the State Government in delivering innovative and affordable residential housing.
"We need to maximise the use of the State Government's major transport and infrastructure investment by ensuring the highest and best use of surrounding land for medium and higher-density living and promotion of activity and vibrancy in these areas.”
"Working with the Government creates synergies between the public and private sectors to deliver game-changing projects for West Australians in key locations in the Perth metropolitan region,” Minister Holt said.
Acting Housing CEO Paul Whyte gave attendees a briefing on the initiative which has four overarching objectives – affordability, design quality, innovation and diversity.
“Connected Living is about connecting the people of Perth with affordable, well designed housing opportunities in developments located near public transport, in areas that can provide future urban growth and activity.”
“This initiative represents the first time the Housing Authority has engaged in a transport aligned initiative of this scale and will pave the way for future infill and transit oriented living in metropolitan Perth."
“It presents a unique opportunity for the private sector to partner with the Housing Authority to capitalise on the upward trend in apartment living across the Perth metropolitan area to develop any number of the sites, which offer a combination of locations across communities with public transport and existing and planned local amenity.”
“The Housing Authority has been widely recognised for excellence in design and innovation. We are committed to helping to transform the market and strive to stimulate diversity of housing supply,” Paul said.
The sites for the initiative have been carefully selected for their close proximity to key transit precincts and activity centres and are located in Armadale, Butler, East Perth, Gosnells, Midland, Central Perth and Wellard.
Connected Living forms part of the Affordable Housing Strategy: Aiming Higher action plan which identified a key action for Housing to initiate development of at least five metropolitan sites near train stations in Perth focused on affordability and transit oriented living.
Connected Living invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from experienced developers and/or consortia to undertake all components of the development process from concept to keys.
For more information about submitting an EOI visit the Tenders WA website https://www.tenders.wa.gov.au/watenders/index.do
Submissions close on 26 February 2016.