The first stage of redevelopment at Riverwood (Washington Park) is nearing completion and has delivered social housing mixed with private housing in a model that has created a better place for all residents.
The redevelopment of Riverwood North has demonstrated what can be achieved through redeveloping concentrated social housing estates into a diverse community offering inspiration and opportunity.
The remaining 30 hectares of Riverwood renewal will be planned and considered as a State Significant Precinct (SSP). The redevelopment project has a potential investment of $3.4 billion to the state economy and the creation of 500 construction jobs.
In being declared an SSP, a specific process is followed that involves a detailed study of the area to identify requirements for all types of housing, community amenity and services needed for the local population.
FACS will be consulting with residents, the broader community and other stakeholders to identify what additional infrastructure and amenity is required to support the new population in further improving Riverwood.
There is much consultation and planning work to be done over the next 6 to 8 months to develop a SSP Study and Planning Framework for the remainder of Riverwood.
With the approval of the Minister for Planning, a finalised Planning Framework allowing for the submission of development applications is likely by mid-2018.
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Long term project
The Riverwood Renewal is a long term project occurring in stages over the next 10 to 15 years.
Right to a new home
All residents will have a right to a new home in Riverwood. Most residents will be able to move directly from their old home to a newly built home at Riverwood.
Temporarily relocate nearby
A small number of residents will need to temporarily relocate into nearby areas. It will be at least two years before any resident would need to move.
Engagement with residents
The masterplanning process will take until mid 2017. It will involve engagement with residents, the community and other stakeholders.
Kept involved and informed
Residents will be kept involved and informed throughout the masterplan process via Communities Plus newsletters and website, drop-in sessions, meetings and other events.