Steady progress in Midland’s transformation into a regional hub

Midland is fulfilling its potential as a strategic place for enterprise and urban essentials.
Midland is fulfilling its potential as a strategic place for enterprise and urban essentials.

THE current transformation of Midland is continuing in large part thanks to the work of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA).

This body has been instrumental in changing the face of this important regional centre and small city to a dynamic and exciting place to be.

Attracting new retailers, new business, new hospitals and associated businesses to that health care centre and a new university has all been part of the master plan.

Assistance from State and Federal governments working closely with the City of Swan has also helped to bring many of the projects to fruition.

As part of the State Government’s Planning Portfolio, Midland is one of 13 important major projects currently underway across the city including such areas like Subiaco, Armadale and Scarborough, as well as the newest urban renewal project, Chinatown.

Midland was identified early on as one of seven strategic city centres in the State Government’s planning policy, Directions 2031 and Beyond, to ensure a diversity of housing, services and activities are provided to support the local and surrounding communities.

Population in the north eastern metropolitan region is estimated to grow by 37 per cent by 2031.

Over the past 15 years the redevelopment of Midland (started by the former Midland Redevelopment Authority, which merged into the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority in 2012) has seen the introduction of apartment and smaller lot living options, conservation of important local heritage, new employment opportunities and the creation of award winning public spaces – all of which have been embraced by the community.

In May, the MRA released the final Midland Master Plan which aims to strengthen Midland’s role as a strategic metropolitan centre, bringing in thousands more residents, workers, students and visitors to the area.

This increase in population and activity will support existing and new businesses such as shops, cafes and restaurants, to service the needs of both the local and regional communities.

The $360 million Midland Public Hospital, jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth governments, was completed on schedule in June this year and will officially open on November 24.

The historic Midland Railway Workshops are about to undergo a renaissance and become the centre of Midland’s social and economic life all over again.

Along with Railway Square – they will become a dynamic place surrounded by cafes, shops, restaurants.

Mixed housing and accommodation will be available in this space as well,

The workshops are also currently used to host events including concerts, exhibitions and corporate events. Current tenants in the building include Eco Architectural Glass, the Machinery Preservation Club of WA, the Bus Preservation Society of WA and Screen West.

The 14ha former Saleyards site was released to the market in late 2014 through a two-stage expressions of interest program to develop the site for light industrial/commercial/retail uses.

A preferred proponent is expected to be announced in the coming months.