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Date
11 April 2012

Steve Hooker leaps at Midland Workshops

  • Midland

The historic Midland Railway Workshops’ transition to its new life continues with the venue today being unveiled as an indoor state-of-the-art training facility for Western Australian Olympic gold medal pole vaulter Steve Hooker.

The facility was purpose-built by Red Bull and is the only one of its kind in Australia; it was established in Block Two of The Workshops, taking out almost 2,000sqm of the 11,200sqm heritage building. The building is being leased to Red Bull by the MRA.

Planning Minister John Day said The Workshops impressive size allowed it to accommodate this type of facility, while also providing a private training environment suitable for use in all weather conditions.

“This is an imaginative use of the striking building which, about 100 years ago, housed scores of railway workers and was a major force in the local and State economy,” Mr Day said.

“The impressive facility boasts 100m of runway, including three distinct runways, as well as top-of-the-range video and biomechanical analysis equipment.

“The training facility was secured following assistance from Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron.  Steve Hooker has been training in the facility since March 2011.

“The Workshops, celebrated as one of the most intact examples of railway workshops in Australia from the era and the major role it played as a major employer, are part of the State Government’s Midland urban renewal project being delivered by the MRA.”

The Minister said the MRA was committed to conserving The Workshops’ cultural heritage as part of the vision to revitalise Midland as a major regional centre with a strong sense of identity.

“Future redevelopment of the precinct will create a new urban village with a mix of residential, commercial, health, education and creative industry uses,” he said. 

“The Workshops have contributed greatly to the social, economic and industrial history of Midland and of the State and the site still holds a special place in the community, which will be reflected by future development in the precinct.”

See video of Steve in action in Midland.