Dockers’ move creates options

The Stan Reilly Centre in
The Stan Reilly Centre in

The prospects for the ageing site were looking bright in 2012 when the city approved a redevelopment of the area that included an indoor training centre for the club, a gym and health services, all of which could be available for the public’s use.

While the Dockers’ decision to move to Cockburn ensured this plan could not go ahead, council last week discussed the possibility of redeveloping the site as a mixture of affordable housing for Fremantle’s workers, seniors and students as well as public parking for up to 400 vehicles.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said while the city would have loved to have the Dockers there, the club’s decision to leave opened up a ‘great opportunity’ for providing both affordable housing and car parking in a great location in Fremantle.

‘We are confident we can make it work,’ he said.

There was less certainty among some of the councillors during last week’s meeting.

Councillor Josh Wilson said he would like to see the item deferred to give more organisations, such as St Patricks Community Support Centre, the chance to discuss whether they can do something with the site after Foundation Housing was named as a potential development partner.

‘We want to get something good there ” the best thing ” but at the same time we want to get something there by the end of the universe,’ he said. ‘I think it has come to us a bit too quick and I think it’s important that we push pause for a month.’

Cr Andrew Sullivan added that there were not many players who could make an offer that met the city’s standards for the site.

The council agreed to defer the item.