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The public can take virtual reality tours of the proposed POS for the new Midland Oval. Graphic: CITY OF SWAN

Tour the new Midland Oval

IF residents want to see what the public open space component of the Midland Oval redevelopment will eventually look like they can do a virtual reality tour.

Echo News was invited by the City of Swan to take the tour, which will be available to the public from Wednesday, March 14 to Monday, March 19.

Once the virtual reality headset was in place following a brief explanation on how to operate the controls Echo News was able to look at the proposed elements of the public open space.

This included Residential Park which City of Swan chief executive office Mike Foley said was more than two times the size of the Peppermint Grove Library outdoor space and nearly double the size of the Australian Fine China Precinct in Subiaco.

Residential Park, according to the new heart of Midland project information, will be a  primarily green, landscaped space with relaxation and reflection zones, nature play and an edible landscape feature, forming an open and welcoming sanctuary for all visitors and residents.

Mr Foley said the Piazza and Juniper Link will be slightly bigger than Forrest Place in Perth.

The city’s website shows this precinct as the urban, social, cultural and community focal point of  the Midland New Junction.

Juniper Link will include an urban lounge zone with play pieces for all ages and an outdoor chill-out zone, while Midland Piazza will feature lighting, artwork and a large event stage, which will be able to accommodate events and concerts for up to 1000 people.

Mr Foley said Midland Park would become Midland’s new urban recreation ground, a place to meet friends, exercise, kick a ball have a picnic or walk your dog.

He also said it would be more than five times the size of the Northbridge Piazza in Perth.

“The civic building is earmarked for potential administration growth, council chambers and possible apartments if the council sees fit – this is subject to a future council decision,’’ he said.

He said the precinct was mixed used with the opportunity for residential throughout and the capacity for up to 1000 new dwellings.

 

“Sub–precinct C will have a primarily residential focus with buildings of up to five storeys along Morrison Rd. 

“The residential buildings to the south of Residential Park could have a possible tower of up to ten storeys.

“Being a mixed used precinct, commercial development will be scattered throughout the development with potential for 23,000sqm of retail space, 12,200sqm food and beverage opportunities and 75,000sqm of office floor space.

“This is a long-term vision and it is expected that it will take some  years for the precincts potential to be fully realised.’’

Mr Foley said the virtual reality tours of the Midland Oval redevelopment public open space would finish at lunch time on March 19.

The city will have the tour set up in one of its meeting rooms and 15-minute sessions will be available.

Those interested can email [email protected] to schedule a session.

After that time, further appointments can be set up on request.

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.

2 comments

  1. How about some comparisons to larger green public open spaces.

    To me this is just more propaganda, no real plans are in place, possibly this, possibly that.

    Why more retail space, why not do something with Old Northern Highway which used to be the “retail heart of Midland” and now has empty shops because of lack of trade.

    City of Swan has well and truly dug a hole for Midland and it’s still digging. Oh, but we do have Midland Gate, the eye sore of Midland.

    Midland Gate is increasing it’s size from 55,297sqm to 69,366sqm and will provide
    A new Aldi supermarket
    A new fresh food precinct, anchored by an expanded and relocated Coles supermarket
    A Harris Scarfe department store
    A new generation Kmart
    Approximately 35 new specialty retailers, with a focus on fashion and homewares
    New state-of-the-art amenities plus refurbishment of existing amenities and parenting rooms
    A re-invigorated Cale Street casual dining precinct
    Over 250 undercover car parking bays.

    So why do we need more?

  2. There needs to be a formal open discussion with all the participants(council, local residents, residents of the CoS, developers, retailers, commercial operators, planning commission, other bureaucrats, etc). The discussion needs to consider the existing use of the oval and whether are other uses of the land.
    If the discussion lead to alternative land use, then utilising various democratic processes(such as Game Theory), a proposal agreeable to most can be developed.

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