THE transformation of the Midland town centre has passed a significant milestone, with the approval by Swan Council this week of a business plan.
The approval of the Midland Oval Redevelopment Precinct business plan has formally cleared the way for the City of Swan to begin marketing its New Junction project to the private sector.
It follows an extended 12-week public advertising period in which the community was invited to review the business plan and its plans for major land transactions..
A survey asked people whether they supported or objected to the City acquiring and selling land to the private sector.
Swan Mayor David Lucas said in a statement the survey results were overwhelmingly positive, with almost two thirds of respondents saying they supported the plan.
“We received more than 8000 responses to the survey, with 65 per cent of them registering their support for the plan for New Junction,” he said.
“What this has shown us is that the community view on New Junction has not changed since the first round of consultation in 2015, when again around two thirds of residents supported the masterplan.”
Cr Lucas said the latest survey results showed every ward supported the business plan, including the Midland-Guildford ward – with 60 per cent of respondents from that area voting in favour of the City’s vision.
He said the City would now start planning around land acquisitions and sales in the new precinct.
Future sales and development decisions would still require a decision of the council and a business case to support any recommendation. This would enable an orderly and staged approach to the development in response to market conditions.
“It is very pleasing to see the community embracing this transformative, once-in-a-generation project, which will deliver a vibrant, strong and dynamic town centre for people to live, work and play,” he said.
“We are looking forward to progressing New Junction, and bringing this new precinct and its associated growth, jobs and housing opportunities to life.”