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Owner Aida Rzaeva and general manager Ben Farrelly at the Grand central Hotel where the first Midland on the Move breakfast was held on Friday, June 1. Picture: ANITA McINNES

Midland on the Move

FROM shopping centre extensions, refurbished and new hotels and the controversial Midland Oval redevelopment proposal there is plenty happening around Midland.

To keep people informed about new and proposed projects in the area Midland MLA Michelle Roberts has launched a monthly breakfast series.

The first breakfast was held on Friday, June 1 at the Grand Central Hotel with Transport Minister and West Swan MLA Minister Rita Saffioti the first guest speaker.

Ms Saffioti talked about the proposed Midland station relocation and new station at Bellevue.

She said the McGowan Government wanted to procure 240 new rail cars and wanted 50 per cent of the manufacturing done locally.

With the Ellenbrook-Morley line she said the first stage business case was almost done and the key route determined.

She said NorthLink WA – a project for which the City of Swan had lobbied both sides of politics for many years – would transform how freight was transported through the área.

It would take traffic from Great Northern Hwy and West Swan Rd and help tourism in the Swan Valley.

She said the Midland freight rail alignment was another Project favoured by the city but although planning had started the Project still had no funding.

The government was working with the city on the New Lord St project so Dayton and Brabham could develop without traffic bottlenecks.

The Altone Rd upgrade and dualling of Reid Hwy in that area had been included in the NorthLink WA Project to prevent congestion in the area. 

She also talked about plans for an Arthur St overpass, the Swan Valley Planning Review and the release of the Green Paper dealing with modernising the state’s planning system and infill.

She said when the old station was relocated it needed to be worked out what would happen to that land.

She said there was a need to work with the community to develop high density precincts.

It was possible some projects could share infrastructure such as a group of apartments sharing a swimming pool or more apartments could be built over shops.

Swan Chamber of Commerce president Gerry Hanssen said it was a shame a cash-strapped government did not look at using the existing freight line for a passenger line link to Upper Swan and Bullsbrook.

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

One comment

  1. Sounds good but the reality is that Greater Midland is is being neglected by City of Swan and the responsibility for that lays at the feet of those councillors who support the oval development, the vast majority of whom live outside Midland Guildford Ward..

    At June 30 2017 Swan had loans of around $45M and almost $30M had been spent on purchasing properties for the development. How much interest is payable on that. Wonder what the figures are now.

    It’s obsessed with the oval development at the expense of ratepayers, and they’re putting up rates to add insult to injury.

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