Look­ing back

Midland Reporter - - News - Sarah Brookes

Take a walk back in time and rem­i­nisce about the changes to Mid­land since the first edi­tion of the Mid­land Re­porter hit the streets in 1978.

A LOT has changed in Mid­land and sur­round­ing sub­urbs since the first edi­tion of the Mid­land Re­porter hit the streets in 1978.

Re­mem­ber Mid­land con­venor Matthew Pavli­novich said over the past 40 years, the Mid­land Re­porter had been there to cover it all.

“Forty years ago, the nu­cleus of Mid­land’s work­force came from the rail­ways, abat­toir, meat­works, sa­le­yards, cloth­ing, brick­works or winer­ies,” he said.

“The clo­sure of the Mid­land Abat­toir in 1981 was the start of what was sadly to be­come the de­cline of ma­jor in­dus­tries within the Mid­land area.

“Wills Ez­i­fit Cloth­ing Fac­tory was next to shut its doors in De­cem­ber 1990, the Wes­trail Rail­way Work­shops in 1994 and the Mid­land Live­stock Sa­le­yards in April 2010.

“The likes of Globe Meats and Hut­tons have dis­ap­peared too.”

Mr Pavli­novich said to­day, the fo­cus of Mid­land’s work­force was around re­tail and the grow­ing health sec­tor.

“Right from the es­tab­lish­ment of Mid­land, the Great North­ern High­way and Great East­ern High­way played ma­jor roles in car­ry­ing traf­fic in and out of Mid­land with high vol­umes,” he said.

“Vic­to­ria Street and Great East­ern High­way were con­verted to one-way traf­fic in 1982 to re­duce con­ges­tion un­til the con­struc­tion of Roe High­way as a by­pass around Mid­land in 1984.

“Years later, it was Roe High­way that was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing con­ges­tion is­sues and these were ad­dressed with the con­struc­tion of Reid High­way that re­placed the age­ing Mid­dle Swan Road in 2010, and the Roe High­way and Great East­ern High­way in­ter­change in 2012.

“Great North­ern High­way in Mid­land was closed by the Shire of Swan in 1993 and will likely go down as the big­gest plan­ning mis­take in Mid­land’s his­tory. It starved the life in the tra­di­tional heart of Mid­land.”

Mr Pavli­novich said Mid­land’s land­scape changed for­ever back in 1980 when the $10 mil­lion Mid­land Gate Shop­ping Cen­tre of­fi­cially opened.

“We’ve lost our pubs – the Vic­to­ria Ho­tel, the Coun­cil Club Ho­tel, the Stock­man Ho­tel and the Mid­land Inn – with only the Coun­cil Club Ho­tel re­turn­ing as a new es­tab­lish­ment.

“Mid­dle Swan, Mid­land and Belle­vue pri­mary schools were closed, with Mid­dle Swan moved to Strat­ton and Belle­vue merg­ing with Koongamia to be­come Clay­ton View.

“The Mid­land Re­de­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity was born in 2000 and con­trib­uted with the re­de­vel­op­ment of the for­mer Wes­trail Rail­way Work­shops, open­ing them up for the first time in more than 100 years to the pub­lic for com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Swan Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal closed its doors in Novem­ber 2015 and has been re­placed with the mod­ern St John of God Pub­lic and Pri­vate Hos­pi­tals.

“It’s sad this is the fi­nal edi­tion of the Mid­land Re­porter; it too will for­ever be a part of our lo­cal his­tory and mem­o­ries.”

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Matthew Pavli­novich, from Re­mem­ber Mid­land.

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