- Remaining Strata lots within former Railway Workshop Block 1 in Midland to transform into health, education and medical research hub
- New hotel also approved within the Workshop precinct
- Projects continue Midland's growth and expected to generate hundreds of jobs
- Family Open Day (26 Nov) and Auction (27 Nov) to celebrate revitalisation of community space
The revitalisation of Midland's historic heart is continuing, with a new health and education development planned for the iconic Midland Railway Workshops located in the Helena Precinct.
The State Government, through DevelopmentWA, has sold Strata Units 2 and 3, located within Block 1 of the heritage listed former Midland Railway Workshops, to Midland Health & Knowledge Precinct Pty Ltd.
Midland Health & Knowledge Precinct Pty Ltd - a Western Australian company - will work in collaboration with Health Integra which operates the adjoining GP Superclinic and nearby Midland Day Hospital and Specialist Centre.
Midland Health & Knowledge Precinct Pty Ltd will develop the units into a community centre, and medical and training hub. Proposed services include public health providers and specialist medical services catering to chronic disease and preventative care, Aboriginal medical services and medical research - complementing the adjoining GP Superclinic.
The facility will host health, education and workforce training opportunities with a focus on training a job ready workforce for the local community. The precinct will also feature an early learning centre, providing vital early education infrastructure.
The development will preserve the heritage of the iconic Workshops building and machinery and provide space for art projects and existing in situ railway heritage exhibits.
To celebrate the revitalisation of the community space, a family open day will be held on 26 November to allow the public exclusive access to parts of the Workshops before their transition, and to celebrate the auction and the wider area.
The Helena Precinct is a key part of the new urban village beginning to take shape in and around the former Railway Workshops in Midland, and is located close to the existing Midland Station and on the doorstep of the future Midland Station being delivered as part of the McGowan Government's METRONET program.
DevelopmentWA is also working with relevant government agencies and respondents to identify suitable potential future uses within the precinct.
For more information visit http://www.developmentwa.com.au/midland
Comments attributed to Lands Minister John Carey:
"Our Government is pleased to partner with Midland Health & Knowledge Precinct Pty Ltd to further transform Midland into a dynamic, world class health precinct which will attract the best and brightest health, education and research operators.
"Hundreds of jobs will be generated through the construction period, with the new hub expected to create approximately 350 jobs into the future.
"The new hotel will be located at the gateway to nearby tourist regions, including the Swan Valley, with proximity to convenient public transport delivered under METRONET.
"The McGowan Government is working in partnership with the private sector to invest more than $1.5 billion into the urban renewal of Midland.
"Its transformation into an important metropolitan centre is racing ahead with these two exciting projects, which will help attract businesses and residents to Perth's eastern corridor."
Comments attributed to Midland MLA Michelle Roberts:
"I was privileged in 2008 to announce the permanent listing of the Workshops on the State Register of Heritage Places, which acknowledged the special place this site holds in our State's industrial, economic and social history.
"The Workshops were once the engine-room of the State's economic development. This project will bring new employment opportunities for our local community and attract visitors to this increasingly vibrant precinct.
"The family open day and auction will also provide our community with exclusive access to these historical sites, allowing them to explore or perhaps even own a little part of the Workshops' history before they're transformed into a hub of activity and innovation.
"I'm excited to see the community enjoying the Workshops and the heritage of the area, providing a great opportunity to witness the vibrant space which is set to benefit from the State Government's investment in Midland."
Minister's office - 6552 5300