Proud com­mu­nity

Midland Reporter - - News - David Johns

IF my time as ed­i­tor of the

Re­porter taught me one thing, it is that the Mid­land com­mu­nity is a proud one and not afraid to stand up for it­self.

We cov­ered a range of is­sues across 2010 and 2011, with one com­mon thread – the lo­cals were fiercely pro­tec­tive of their back­yard.

Some of these sto­ries are still be­ing cov­ered to­day, with noise from Perth Air­port flight paths, a pro­posed Mid­land univer­sity and rogue Face­book pages among the more mem­o­rable pieces.

One story that sticks in the mind is the ap­pear­ance of the Face­book page ‘Mid­land Trash Yarns’.

It was es­sen­tially a defam­a­tory gos­sip page pop­u­lated by lo­cal stu­dents and prompted an em­phatic re­sponse from lo­cal au­thor­i­ties at the time, as re­ported by Kait­lyn Of­fer.

Thank­fully the page no longer ex­ists but the speed with which right-minded lo­cals jumped to de­fend their com­mu­nity was heart­en­ing.

And while the Mid­land univer­sity saga con­tin­ues to­day, I look for­ward to the day in the not-too-dis­tant fu­ture when the area will The front pages cov­er­ing 'Mid­land Trash Yarns' Face­book page and calls for a univer­sity for Mid­land. Curtin Univer­sity ex­pects to fin­ish build­ing its Mid­land cam­pus by late next year. have its own cam­pus.

The peo­ple of Mid­land have ev­ery right to be proud of their area – it is one that is steeped in his­tory and beauty and one that has a very bright fu­ture.

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