A vibrant city is emerging in Midland, north-east of Perth, where an exciting urban renewal program has been underway since 2000 transforming the city centre and revitalising the gateway to the Swan Valley tourist region and Perth Hills.
The revitalisation of Midland has successfully strengthened its role as a strategic metropolitan centre bringing widespread economic, social and environmental benefits to its region. The redevelopment program has dramatically enhanced Midland's rich heritage, breathing new life into cultural landmarks such as the iconic State Government Railway Workshops, which are central to the area’s sense of place.
An independent economic impact report shows that the project will inject more than $1.2 billion into the local economy over the next 20 years and create around 7,500 jobs.
Major facilities include Western Australia’s largest police complex, with a communication centre, forensics and traffic operations, a GP Super Clinic and new general hospital due to open in 2015.
On the doorstep of the Swan Valley wine region and Perth Hills, and with international and domestic airports only a short distance away, Midland is part of a thriving tourism industry. Its designation as a tourism shopping precinct means extended trading hours for retail businesses and shoppers, while its profile as an emerging cultural hub is flourishing with a year-round art and performance program.
New commercial and residential land subdivisions have been created and marketed, a new road network has been constructed linking the historic Workshops with the city centre, and the whole area has been defined by attractive landscaping, street furniture and stylish public art.
New apartment buildings, cafes, restaurants and shops are also creating a new cultural and entertainment heart in the city.
The award-winning Midland redevelopment area is well progressed, with planning control for 43 per cent of the area returned to City of Swan for ongoing management.