And it wants big changes to the one-way traffic through the centre of town.
MRA chief executive Kieran Kinsella unveiled the authority’s latest vision for Midland by pushing for a ‘knowledge hub’ at St John of God Hospital to be integrated with the Government’s proposed Curtin University medical school next door.
“A hub supported by world-class uni and health facilities is necessary,” Mr Kinsella said at the Swan Chamber of Commerce breakfast last week.
“Only one-third of the space in block one at the hospital is being occupied currently.
“We need to make sure that the health sector works there with the higher education.”
Mr Kinsella said the opening of the hospital attracted a new wave of young professionals to Midland.
“The Super GP clinic at the hospital site is a starting point for other allied health centres to come into that precinct. That will bring even more vibrancy and more employment to the area,” he said.
Mr Kinsella said the MRA would continue to invest in Midland.
“With the Government’s help, some $23 million of new works have been done over the last year in and around the hospital site,” he said.
The vision follows on from the Midland Master Plan released last year, which would see the 14ha Midland Oval become a range of mixed-use buildings up to 12 storeys, an event space, piazza and a public open space.
The Midland train station redevelopment was first on the agenda, Mr Kinsella said.
“Midland needs a new transit system,” he said.
“It needs to be a connected and balanced movement network that supports the suburb’s transit-oriented development.”
Opposition leader Mark McGowan visited the 50-year-old station on Monday to show his support for its redevelopment.
Mr McGowan said the station would ideally be moved to Cale Street under the Metro Net policy.
“Midland is identified as a strategic city centre, however it is widely acknowledged that the existing train station is not suitable in its current location,”he said.
“Relocating the station further east to Cale Street would make it the centre of a Midland Metrohub, linked to an integrated and co-ordinated transport network.”
Mr Kinsella praised Midland, labelling it “one of the most employment-resilient places in WA”.
“Midland has a strong local economy that drives a lot of its own employment,” he said.
“It creates a lot of jobs from its own devices and that’s important.”
Mr Kinsella said the MRA would continue to push for two-way traffic through the centre of Midland.
“I think the long term solution for Midland is a two-way Great Eastern Highway and Victoria Street,” he said.
“That would allow for a more gentle traffic flow through the city, allowing people to move around better. It would also benefit businesses on the two streets. We will keep fighting, we won’t give up.”