By Claire Ottaviano
EIGHT community representatives have jumped on board the Midland Station Community Reference Group (CRG).
Metronet received 46 community member nominations.
The group is made up of residents, business owners and community representatives who will act as a sounding board during the planning, construction and delivery of the project.
They are, Sarah Howlett of the Midland Junction Collective, Indigo Junction representative Bronwyn Benporath, Giles Creelman of Swan Christian Education Association, Midland PCYC’s Amanda Dow, Daniel Stefanelli of the Swan Chamber of Commerce/Centrepoint Shopping Centre, Youth Futures’ Mark Waite and residents, Laura Leyland and Dr Brian Steels.
On June 4, Echo News published the names of four local groups who didn’t make the cut.
While the group had not been finalised at that stage, those that received unsuccessful notifications were the Midland and Districts Historical Society, the Bellevue Residents and Ratepayers Association, the Midland Society and the Midland Junction Collective.
Now-successful candidate Ms Howlett said she was thrilled the Midland Junction Collective could help fill a vacancy that had become available on the CRG.
“The role of everyone on the CRG is to be the conduit between community and the planners, taking notes from the community to the meetings and then back again,” she said.
“I am impressed with the panel, it’s a really interesting mix.
“There are a lot of community socio-economic and uplifting organisations on the group.”
In a letter to Echo News on June 11, Ms Howlett expressed disappointment in the rejection of Midland and Districts Historical Society and Junction Collective from a history preservation standpoint.
“My agenda is preservation of history and Midland having that sense of self and identity,” she said.
“Midland heritage is massively important and under recognised.
“I think people don’t want to see historical buildings destroyed but there’s currently not a lot of investment in heritage.
“It would be good to understand how Metronet can value add to Midland.”
The proposed closure of Helena Street and surrounding traffic congestion around the town centre was another community concern she hoped to highlight to Metronet planners.