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Western Australia Minister for Planning John Day

Railway Workshops Redevelopment On Track

Victor P Taffa

  • Lots offered in redevelopment of historic Midland Railway Workshops
  • Future development will recognise and respect the site’s history
  • One of the most significant redevelopments in the metropolitan area

Planning Minister John Day has announced the site of Midland’s former Railway Workshops was now ready for transformation into a vibrant urban village, with both original and new buildings accommodating a mix of uses.

“The Midland Redevelopment Authority (MRA) is releasing the first lots for sale around the square. They incorporate the former chief mechanic’s office building on the north side, and two blocks on Foundry Road to the south.” Mr. Day said.

“At the heart of this development will be Railway Square, a public space occupying the original shunting yards, renamed in recognition of the area’s rich industrial history.”


“Given the historical importance of the site, and the affection with which it is held by the local community, this is one of the most significant redevelopments in the wider metropolitan area.”

“Future development needs to recognise and respect the site’s history and I am confident that developers will look at how Midland has been transformed, how it will grow with the new hospital and associated industries, and the opportunities the workshops site presents.” Mr. Day said.

In consultation with the Heritage Council of Western Australia, the MRA has drafted design guidelines for the workshops, including approval processes, environmental design, built form, open space, pedestrian and vehicle access and parking.

The MRA will also release a companion set of site specific guidelines for lots adjacent to Railway Square.

The guidelines are available for public comment for four weeks commencing October 5.

Fact File

  • The development guidelines may be downloaded from the MRA’s website or viewed at the MRA offices, on the corner of Helena Street and Yelverton Drive

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