Work has commenced on a new park adjacent to the Peace Memorial at the Midland Railway Workshops, which will be completed in time for the 2014 Anzac Day service.
Planning Minister John Day said the works would expand the grassed area surrounding the memorial with new seating, the planting of mature trees to create an outdoor garden room and a concrete platform to host pop-up shops.
“This is an important area for the Midland community. Historically, it was the former workshops shunting yard, which was very active and full of movement, and has been the traditional setting for the popular Anzac Day service in more recent years,” Mr Day said.
“The new park will include a number of elements which pay homage to this history, creating a sense of place and attracting activity back to The Workshops.”
Works to be completed over the coming months include paving, long garden beds that reflect the east-west axis of the shunting yard, and paving strips that interpret steam locomotives.
The Minister said Railway Square would be a new area for Midland that incorporated retail, quality food and beverage outlets, and spaces for events and outdoor activities.
“While this park is the first stage in the development of Railway Square, the transformation of The Workshops precinct into a new urban village is well under way,” he said.
“A lot of work has already been undertaken in this area including residential apartments, office accommodation, the GP Super Clinic located in Block 1, use of Block 2 by the Public Transport Authority for the State’s new rail carriages, and construction of the Midland Public Hospital.
“The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority is working closely with the local council, developers and the Midland community to ensure The Workshops precinct is a pedestrian-friendly centre with a mix of uses that celebrates the history of this important site.”
Future stages of Railway Square will coincide with the development of adjacent lots.