Hon Donna Faragher MEd (Hons) BA (Hons) GradDipEd JP MLC

Hon Donna Faragher MEd (Hons) BA (Hons) GradDipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Planning; Disability Services

    Midland transformation forges ahead

    22/05/2016 10:00 AM
    • $9.7 million in State Budget for the continued revitalisation of Midland
    • Designs unveiled for Midland's newest public open space

    Midland's transformation into one of the premier activity centres in Perth's eastern metropolitan region is continuing with the State Government unveiling concept designs for a new public open space.


    Planning Minister Donna Faragher said the Government had allocated $9.7 million in the 2016-17 State Budget for new and significant planned works in the Midland Railway Workshops precinct, including the creation of a large public space at Railway Square.


    "For more than 90 years, the Midland Railway Workshops were the centre of social and community life for generations of railway workers and local people living in this area," Mrs Faragher said.


    "The Government has a clear plan to restore and refresh Midland's rich history of industry, innovation and strong sense of community.


    "We are creating a dynamic urban village, a place where people can live, work and invest and an important commercial, residential and recreational activity centre for the eastern metropolitan region."


    The Railway Square site, within the Midland Railway Workshops precinct, will be almost twice the size of the Forrest Chase public open space in Perth's city.


    It will include alfresco dining and casual seating, water features and public art, and heritage elements recognising the historic usage of the former railway shunting yard site including a 'ceremonial' railway line.


    Tenders for construction of the 0.74ha site are expected to be released in July, with work due to start in September 2016.


    "The majority of works at Railway Square will be completed in 2017 and will create a much improved atmosphere for visitors to the annual Anzac Day event."


    The Minister said plans for a new Curtin University medical school and other health facilities in the area - including PlusLife laboratory and the new $360 million St John of God Midland Public Hospital - were driving demand for new housing and private investment in the area, which was undergoing significant change. 


    Fact File

    • Three private developments either underway or planned at the workshops precinct will provide more than 150 apartments, new retail tenancies and food and beverage outlets
    • For more information, visit http://www.mra.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office - 6552 5300


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    Railway Square looking west


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    Railway Square looking east