New Living - Department of Housing & Works

This Weeks Episode of Home in WA

Contact:
Cristina Shaw

Email:
cristina.shaw@dhw.wa.gov.au

Website:
http://www.dhw.wa.gov.au

Phone:
08 9222 4854

Fax:
08 9221 2551

Address:
99 Plain Street
East Perth WA 6004

Along with artist Jeanette Garlett, children from the new Clayton View primary school are transforming Koongamia bus shelters into stunning works of art.

Initiated by the Mundaring Arts Centre, the project is just a part of the Department of Housing and Works' "New Living" program, which is changing the face of public housing areas across the State. It's also a part of the Year of the Built Environment, the WA initiative that is being celebrated nationally, making us all more aware of the buildings and public spaces in which we live.

The New Living program is an Urban renewal program that's refurbishing thousands of Homeswest properties, retaining some as rental properties and making others available for purchase to existing tenants and private buyers.

The New Living Program is one of the largest urban renewal programs ever undertaken in Australia and aims to reduce high concentration of public housing to create sustainable, revitalised communities that people are proud to live in.

The Langford New Living Project, for example, has created some prime vacant land with 114 lots having already gone under the hammer. The next subdivision is due for a staged release commencing next month and with an average block size of 520 square metres and an average price between eighty-five and ninety-five thousand dollars it offers a very affordable opportunity for first home buyers.

The New Living Program is doing more than just refurbishing public housing areas. Through its renovation of rental properties and by encouraging existing residents to purchase their homes, it's transforming whole communities and changing lives.