Stations of principle

Greens candidate Pippa Tandy at the Midland railway station, which she says should be redeveloped according to certain principles.
Greens candidate Pippa Tandy at the Midland railway station, which she says should be redeveloped according to certain principles.

Ms Tandy said she was focused on ensuring Midland and its people were not ‘left behind’ as the State experienced a rush to minerals wealth.

She said the design and location of the proposed new Midland railway station should be related to the provision of affordable housing and public amenities.

‘The Midland train station must be redeveloped in a way that values the people who live in the area,’ she said.

‘The whole area needs support for affordable, sustainable housing and services.’

Ms Tandy said principles that enabled a comfortable and secure public utility should be a starting point for the design.

Public housing needed to be within easy reach of the main railway station, along with indigenous support services and centres for young people and seniors, she said.

‘Successive governments have allowed Midland railway station to become an ugly hostile place, adding pressure to the jobs of police,’ she said.

Ms Tandy also said priority should be given to local, owner-run businesses in any planning of retail services.

‘Midland should not be just a traffic hub. When development takes place, it should serve the people of the area rather than outside interests.’