THE City of Fremantle has unveiled its next two priority projects as it pushes to keep revitalisation in the area going for the next decade.
The City announced it would focus on revitalising the Fremantle Oval precinct and South Quay by 2029 as part of the new Port City Priorities-Oval to Oceans campaign.
Mayor Brad Pettitt said both areas were underutilised and needed upgrading.
“Council has been focused for some years on reviving the city centre, but with plans starting to have their desired effect we’re now looking at the next wave of opportunities,” he said.
“Fremantle Oval and South Quay are at the top of our priority list.”
The $20 million redevelopment of Fremantle Oval into a sporting and community hub was unveiled in April, with a realignment of the oval, new club administration facilities, new commercial offices and retail space and a gym all part of the proposed changes.
Dr Pettitt said South Quay could become a much bigger attraction for tourists arriving by sea.
“South Quay is not only a gateway into Fremantle but the first impression cruise ship passengers have of Western Australian – which in its current form is a massive temporary carpark and a poor use of prime land which delivers a substandard tourism experience for the 150,000 cruise ship passengers and the local community,” he said.
“With the cruise ship industry booming and record numbers arriving in Fremantle, South Quay could become a high-quality integrated commercial and tourism precinct which better connects the passenger terminal to the city centre and leaves a much better impression of Fremantle.
“A City-commissioned independent report has identified the development of South Quay would generate 3700 new jobs and private investment of $3.5b. It would also return almost $1 billion to the state over 20 years and could be done regardless of whether Fremantle Port is privatised.”