By Claire Ottaviano
A GROUP designed to give community-led feedback on the new Midland Station has been chosen, but some key local community groups did not make the cut.
Of the 48 nominations received, eight were successful.
While the list of successful nominees will not be released until next week, Echo News knows of three local groups who were unsuccessful – Midland and Districts Historical Society, the Bellevue Residents and Ratepayers Association and the Midland Junction Collective.
The Midland Society also applied but said they had not received a response either way.
The role of the Community Reference Group (CRG), is to represent the community and act as a sounding board by providing feedback, raising concerns, indicating preferences, sharing and gathering information and reviewing processes and outcomes.
On Tuesday, Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes confirmed the selection process for the CRG had concluded and the eight successful members had been notified.
“These members were selected to ensure a strong cross-section of the community is represented, taking into account demographics, geography, interests and opinions,” he said.
“The focus of the group will be on the construction of the new Midland Station and associated infrastructure during the planning, construction and delivery phases of the project.”
Bellevue Residents and Ratepayers Association president Mark Richards said the group was well positioned to provide valuable feedback on the station and the wider community concerns.
“We see the catchment for Midland Station extending beyond Midland and as such felt it was important to be part of the conversation as our network within the community extends east and south east of Midland encompassing an area that functions with Midland as its regional centre,” he said.
The association has been vocal in its objection to the proposed Bellevue Railcar Facility-forced closure of Robinson Road, a separate project from the Midland Station.
“Metronet is well aware of our active network reach through our dealings with them concerning Robinson Road,” he said.
“We were upfront about our interest in the impacts of the Bellevue Railcar Facility in our application to contribute to the conversation and pointed out that these are separate projects, with separate influences on our community.
“Of course there will inevitably be some cross over as traffic issues have become exacerbated in the Midland Bellevue area.
“We do not know if our interest in the Bellevue Depot was the reason for our application being rejected as no reason has been provided.”
Midland Junction Collective chair Elizabeth Archer said two members of the group had applied to be on the CRG.
“We want to make sure the station is in the right place, we want to make sure amenity is preserved, we want to make sure it’s green enough, assessable enough and that the needs of the community as well as big business, like Curtin and the hospital, are taken care of,” she said.
“You need to talk to the people that live and work here and use the station and we’re concerned the community view isn’t there.”
The Midland Historical Society confirmed its application was unsuccessful but did not wish to comment further.
See previous concerns in Midland Station makes headway