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Bayswater revitalisation sets an example

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UDIA WA President Col Dutton.
Camera IconUDIA WA President Col Dutton. Credit: The West Australian.

UDIA WA has a partnership with Home in WA, which airs on Channel Seven each weekend. As part of our partnership, we get to showcase some of the fantastic development that is happening in and around Perth.

Recently, we were filming on location in Bayswater, where the new Metronet station, currently under construction, has been a catalyst for the rejuvenation of the local area.

Incorporating the area surrounding the new station and parts of the town centre, the Bayswater Project Area was formally established in March 2020 and falls under DevelopmentWA’s Metronet East development area.

Bayswater is a fantastic historic suburb that is close to the city and is on the train line. It has the potential to be a much more vibrant, connected and modern community.

The town centre revitalisation at Bayswater is an example of an area that has embraced the chance to reinvent itself and deliver a range of much-needed housing choices that are well serviced by local shops and amenity.

This new lease on life for the location will truly reflect the live, work and play mantra of a vibrant community, with the town centre featuring a mix of retail, residential and commercial uses.

UDIA is supportive of well-planned development in precincts like Bayswater that are close to employment, transport and other community amenities.

We need these types of areas to meet their potential as community hubs that provide affordable and liveable housing options for the community.

Creating greater housing choice in the right locations benefits not just current residents, but those seeking affordable home options in a location that meets their needs. This is particularly helpful for young people looking to have access to employment, amenities and services, or older people looking to downsize within their community.

The outcomes that are being achieved in Bayswater are also a great example of the community, government and the development industry working together in a positive way to deliver a fantastic place for locals and future residents.

I think there are many areas in and around Perth that would benefit from a more positive collaboration between stakeholders in order to agree on a shared future vision for an area that incorporates the needs of current and future residents.

If you want to view some of UDIA WA’s segments on Home in WA that showcase how Perth is growing and developing with quality projects leading the way, follow the Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA Division) YouTube channel.

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