A university education came one step closer for Midland children and their families today as Premier Colin Barnett and Curtin University Vice Chancellor Deborah Terry unveiled plans for a new medical campus at the Midland Workshops.
The Premier welcomed Curtin’s commitment saying a university presence in Midland was in high demand for Perth’s growing eastern metropolitan region to ensure quality education and employment opportunities were available close to home.
“Since our announcement last year, we have been working closely with Curtin to secure a development agreement and works are ongoing to design their new facility,” Mr Barnett said.
“The Liberal-National Government has reserved land near the new Midland Public Hospital to accommodate Curtin, and committed $22million to support construction of the new facility.”
Planning Minister Donna Faragher said the new master plan for Midland aimed to reposition the historic Workshops precinct as a medical and education hub and help recreate the employment, economic and community spirit of the area’s historic past.
“Together with the Midland Public Hospital, GP Super Clinic, Plus Life bone and tissue bank, a new cancer treatment centre and a future private hospital, Curtin will bring some of the State’s leading medical experts to Midland to support the health and education needs of the local community,” Mrs Faragher said.
“There are also a number of small regional communities that are serviced by Midland and the addition of a university – adjacent to world-class health and medical facilities – will provide some of the best education and job opportunities close to home.”
Premier Barnett thanked the Federal Government for their commitment to funding Commonwealth Supported Places for the medical school, training 110 new doctors in Western Australia when the school reaches full capacity in 2022.
“This investment will generate significant economic activity for the eastern metropolitan region and provide better access to higher education, innovative technology and improved healthcare for local residents.”
Construction is expected to start next year with completion expected in 2019.