Future face of Midland revealed

Last Friday, City of Swan revealed its long-awaited plans for the Midland Oval precinct, an area of land flagged for redevelopment more than 40 years ago.

The 11ha block of land will be split into six �sub-precincts� that will collectively accommodate up to 1000 new homes, 25,000sq m of retail floor space, 12,000sq m of restaurants and nearly 90,000sq m of office floor space.

Eventually, Cale Street will form the main street of Midland.

It will lead from a relocated train station and extend into the heart of the Midland Oval precinct.

The developments will be complemented by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority�s plans around the Workshops precinct, where nearly 7000 homes are planned.

City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino said the Midland Oval Precinct Master Plan was years in the making.

�The new Midland Oval Precinct will connect Midland�s three significant centres; the traditional heart of Midland being Old Great Northern Highway and The Avenue, the investment of State Government on Midland Redevelopment Authority land, and Midland Gate,� he said.

�It will bring together all the pieces of the puzzle to ensure that Midland can enjoy a strong centre for business and lifestyle, and project a strong sense of place.�

He said the City�s ambition was to create a people-focused piazza-like active space befitting a town centre and maximising the economic impact, allowing people to flow from one area of business to another.

The precinct will be 13 per cent public open space with additional capacity to cater for a new library and civic building.

Currently, the City owns about 75 per cent of the land it is aiming to develop, with acquisitions totalling $20 million.

Compulsory acquisition is on the cards for remaining landowners in the area, some of whom have resided in the area for many decades.

Midland Oval, bounded by Keane Street, Morrison Road, Sayer Street and The Crescent, was opened in 1901 but has not been used for several years.

The scheme amendment to initiate the Midland Activity Centre Structure Plan is scheduled to go to council in June and the Midland Oval Master Plan to council in July.