Young residents see town centre redevelopment as key to Bassendean’s future

02 Sep 2016

A recent survey found that an overwhelming majority of the Bassendean community aged 18 to 34 years support future redevelopment in and around the Town Centre.

LandCorp chief executive Frank Marra said the supporters strongly believed redevelopment would deliver a number of highly important benefits that were needed now and in the future.

"Around 77 percent said it would increase both housing choice and economic growth in the area," Mr Marra said.

"Both of these impacts are extremely important to young families looking for a stable future with opportunities for employment."

"In addition 80 percent felt any future development would provide more things to do such as cafes, shops and restaurants, while 72 percent said it will activate under-utilised areas in the town."

"More amenities and a higher level of vibrancy in the town centre was a clear motivator for this age group."

Mr Marra said an independent research company conducted the survey of 502 members of the community.

"We commissioned the recent survey to gauge perceptions and a true reflection of opinions of the wider community about general development of Bassendean and specifically the Bassendean Activity Centre project."

"Interviews took place via the telephone and face to face between 4 and 20 August at locations across Bassendean including the train station, shopping centre and at Swan Districts Football Club on game days."

"To ensure the survey sample was representative of the demographics of Bassendean as per ABS data, respondents were intentionally screened by age and to only include current Bassendean residents."

Mr Marra said the feedback reinforced the findings of an earlier survey in November 2015, which showed that there is a majority of support to enhance and activate the town centre.

"This gives us confidence that the preferred concept plan for the project is the right fit for kick starting redevelopment of Bassendean and in particular activating Old Perth Road and the Town Centre."

"67 per cent of those aware of the preferred concept plan for the town centre said they were supportive of the project progressing through to the statutory planning phase."

Mr Marra said the community have also overwhelmingly expressed a desire to receive regular project information.

"This feedback is important and will help us effectively reach all demographics of the community informing them of future stages of the project including community consultation opportunities."

The full results of the survey can be downloaded from the website.

Media Contact
Andrew Kikiros
Tel: (08) 9482 7448
andrew.kikiros@landcorp.com.au

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