Midland Railway precinct proposal picks up steam


An artist’s impression of how the precinct will look for both the visiting public and businesses.
Midland Railway precinct proposal picks up steam
An artist’s impression of how the precinct will look for both the visiting public and businesses.

THE Midland Railway Workshops and precinct is moving into the next phase with the spaces opened to the public and business opportunities advertised.

Planning Minister Donna Faragher said she would be calling for expressions of interest from commercial operators and event agencies to use the space opened inside the old workshop blocks.

The Government has also announced the appointment of public artist Stuart Green to provide a sculpture that is evocative of the history of the workshops but point to the future as well.

Green said one of the first pieces of public art he completed was at the Midland Railway Workshops when he built and completed a sculpture that memorialised the old steam sheds and railway line with the staff on site.

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“This piece will be interpretive in a contemporary way highlighting the railway history of this beautiful site,” Green said.

He has previously won |public art commissions in Perth such as the new Children’s Hospital and Elizabeth Quay.

The State Government has allocated $7 million for the Railway Square development, appointing MG Group to create a new public open space in the Railway Square area.

Ms Faragher said the space had been closed for so long it would be wonderful for people to be able to use it as a public space in the future.

She said the sculpture in the Railway Square space would be completed before the 2017 Anzac Day commemorations.

“Millions of dollars are being invested by the MRA and private developers to make this area more accessible to the community and provide enviable public spaces and amenities,” she aaid.

“The local community events sector and commercial operators have shown keen interest in the iconic workshops site and are invited to submit their interest in three venues within the precinct.”

The areas are Block 2, the Powerhouse and Railway Square.

They have already been used for film shoots, not-for-profit groups and social enterprise in the past. The full gamut of food, leisure, art, music and beverage facility providers are invited to apply for the spaces.

Expressions of interest are invited by Friday, September 30 for other business opportunities.