Medina, Western Australia
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Perth, Western Australia
|Population||2,022 (2006 census)|
|LGA(s)||City of Kwinana|
Medina was the first developed of the Kwinana suburbs named after ships carrying settlers to the Swan River Colony in 1829 and 1830. The Medina arrived at the Fremantle on 6 July 1830 with 51 passengers on board. The ship's name Medina is believed to be derived from a river on the Isle of Wight, and was approved as a suburb name in 1953. Streets were named after passengers and crew of the Medina.
Medina is a well-established suburb, designed in the early 1950s by Perth's first female town planner, Margaret Feilman. Medina was the first of Kwinana's four 'neighbourhood units' developed to meet the housing needs of the newly established Kwinana industrial area. During the 1950s construction included Australia's largest oil refinery, operated by the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (later British Petroleum); the Cockburn Cement works (then owned by Rugby Portland Cement); and a BHP blast furnace and steel-rolling mill. In 1963 Alcoa of Australia established an alumina refinery, and in 1967 the CSBP sulphuric acid and superphosphate plants were commissioned.
Medina housing was typical for the State Housing Commission (now the Housing Authority) of the era. Most houses were built with jarrah hardwood weatherboard and asbestos sheeting with jarrah frames and floors. Most blocks are 730 square metres (7,900 sq ft) or greater in size.
Medina 20 Year Revitalisation Strategy
Recently the Government announced an injection of A$11.2 bn for improvements in infrastructure, community-based programs and new commercial enterprise along with medium-density housing around the centre of the Kwinana area. The suburb of Medina is currently undergoing a sustainability review, facilitated by a not for profit town planning and design organisation in conjunction with the City of Kwinana, with a focus on revitalising the small "strip shops" originally built to serve the community.
Medina Affordable Housing Project
The City of Kwinana has contracted developer Nicheliving to build a new affordable housing estate. The project will see 60 new dwellings built in Medina, within a portion of the current Harry McGuigan Park and adjacent to Medina’s primary commercial precinct. Under the Housing Affordability Fund, the Federal Government has provided a $4 million grant, $3 million of which will be offered as a rebate to purchasers of the 60 new dwellings, equating to an approximate saving of $50k per household. Medina residents will also benefit from an additional $1.6 million to help provide new community facilities and upgrade existing buildings including the restoration of Medina Hall, scheduled to start in September 2012.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Medina (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
- Wakeman, Rosemary (2016). Practicing Utopia: An Intellectual History of the New Town Movement. University of Chicago Press. p. 59. ISBN 9780226346175. Retrieved 23 May 2017.