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Resurgence for Midland

Midland is set for a resurgence in interest prompted by the state government’s plan to revitalise the derelict Westrail marshalling yards, Tuohy Gardens and land around Ray Marshall Park.

The renewal program will be under the guidance of the Midland Redevelopment Authority initiated by Graham Kierath.

This will be the third urban redevelopment scheme undertaken by the state government and is expected to follow the success enjoyed by previous endeavours.

Wally Cox, chief of the East Perth Redevelopment Authority, has the task of implementing the legislation and defining the MRA.

Final legislation formalising the MRA will be introduced in October with work to begin in January 2000.

Dr Cox said that, unlike the Subiaco and East Perth redevelopment, Midland renewal will be industrial and commercial in nature.

“It’s about old industrial areas located in highly desirable areas being developed,” Dr Cox said.

He commented it was unlikely government would get involved in sites private developers could undertake profitably.

“There is only a need for government to be involved if there are massive environmental issues,” he said.

Dr Cox said the redevelopment schemes were not initiated simply to make a profit but to provide a public service.

Work will begin in January on the redevelopment of the old Midland workshop. In its place will be a new police headquarters.

“$42 million has been been approved by government over the next five years to relocate police support operations.

“The first development will be a building to house the new WA police service communications facility and construction is expected to commence in May next year,” he said.

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