While the contractors worked on the steel towers and tanks near Cockburn Sound, a new town was emerging just a couple of kilometres away. BP Refinery (Kwinana) Ltd employed around 750 people. They and their families were to live, for the most part, in the township of Medina, which was built by the State Housing Commission.
The State Government had committed to providing 1,000 homes within three years, a third of those within the first twelve months. Planner Margaret Feilman was contracted to ensure a modern town was developed.